Update on the Postdoctoral Benefit Survey

In 2014, the NIH announced that it was going to distribute the NIH postdoctoral benefits survey to collect information on benefits available to postdoctoral researchers at different institutions. The survey was launched in response to a report on the biomedical research workforce from an Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) working group. …. Continue reading

Application Tips: What Staff Check After Submission that Systems Can’t

You may be familiar with the top ten tips for smoothly getting your application through electronic application submission systems (if not, watch this video!). Are you familiar, however, with what NIH staff looks for in applications so that they can be sent to the NIH Center for Scientific Review division of receipt and referral?
The latest issue of eRA’s NIH eSubmission Items of Interest highlights some of the questions staff ask, before referring applications for processing. These include: …. Continue reading

How Would You Address Diversity in the Physician-Scientist Workforce?

As part of a wider initiative to shape the future direction of research training for the biomedical workforce as a whole, we at the NIH are actively pursuing ways to examine the physician-scientist workforce and to optimize training for clinicians seeking research careers. Physician-scientists face some challenges and career transition pathways unique to being in a clinical career track, hence the need for a specific focus on this workforce. Continue reading

An Opportunity to Collaborate and Use the Unique Resources of the NIH Clinical Center

Three years ago, NIH created a program to enable extramural researchers to collaborate with our intramural scientists and use the exceptional resources of the NIH Clinical Center. Since then, 20 awards have been made to support projects of significant breadth, such as a trial for treatment of relapsed leukemia; a malaria vaccine trial; and a trial testing a new cardiac catheter. This is the fourth year that NIH has issued this funding opportunity. The December 15 pre-application deadline is approaching, and I wanted to remind you what this program offers. …. Continue reading