Rescuing Biomedical Research receives grant to continue reform efforts

Rescuing Biomedical Research is pleased to announce the renewal of a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project that will allow the organization to continue its work to make reforms to the American biomedical research enterprise.

“Thanks to our Open Philanthropy partners, we have been able to make substantial progress over the past two years in addressing some of the most pressing structural issues in biomedical research,” said Shirley Tilghman, chair of Rescuing Biomedical Research and president emerita of Princeton University. “We are delighted that with their continued support, we will be able to continue this vital work.”

During its first two years, RBR played a critical role in launching ASAPbio, an organization devoted to expanding the use of preprints in biomedical research, and in building community-wide consensus around the goal of publishing online comprehensive information about graduate and career outcomes of the nation’s graduate students. In the process RBR members collaborated with leaders in the biomedical community to generate an informative taxonomy for classifying career outcomes. In addition, RBR Steering Committee members have been involved in recent reform efforts launched by other organizations and groups such as the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the Association of American Universities and the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science.

“The momentum for making change in biomedical research is real and growing,” said RBR Director Chris Pickett. “We are encouraged by the number of people and groups who are committed to change, and we are excited that we will be able to continue our work to improve the American biomedical research enterprise.”


Rescuing Biomedical Research, an organization led by biomedical scientists, is committed to catalyzing policy changes that address the systemic flaws in the biomedical research enterprise. Founded in 2014, RBR is a leader in discussions and activities to bring effective, creative and valuable changes to the policies and culture of the biomedical research enterprise. RBR statements indicate the positions of a majority of its individual members but not the positions of their employers. Find out more at

The Open Philanthropy Project identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results and publishes its findings. Its mission is to give as effectively as it can and share the findings openly so that anyone can build on them. Find out more at