Kate O’Connor-Giles: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Topic: Staff Scientists
by Kate O’Connor-Giles
University of Wisconsin–Madison

To increase opportunities for biomedical scientists, the NIH could establish a supplement mechanism, similar to the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research currently in place, for labs interested in creating a staff scientist position. By supplementing a portion of the staff scientist’s salary, this mechanism would make it financially feasible for labs to hire long-term scientific staff, reducing the dependence of the research enterprise on trainee labor.