By Kelsey Hampton Intense competition for a limited amount of federal funding has long been a reality for biomedical researchers. In a post on the Open Mike blog, Michael Lauer, deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health, and his team examined the pool of research project grant applicants to determine what […]
In this section the Steering Committee will invite specific contributions on important issues. for each item click on the title to read the full post.
By Jennifer Nguyen As more Ph.D.s are turning towards careers outside of academia, it is important for universities to equip them with the training and skills necessary to succeed. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health launched the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training program to encourage universities to explore methods focusing on professional training of […]
Today, Rescuing Biomedical Research submitted a response to the National Institutes of Health’s request for information regarding the use of preprints and other interim research products in grant review. We strongly support the ASAPbio position in this regard, and our response is highly similar to the ASAPbio response to the RFI. From the response: A […]
Today, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Science announced the formation of a 16-person committee to work on the Next Generation of Researchers study. This study was commissioned by the U.S. Congress in the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations package that passed in December 2015. Similar legislative language has been […]
This evening, a federal judge granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction to prevent the implementation of an update to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule. This rule change would have increased the pay of postdoctoral scholars. After a lengthy review process, the Department of Labor released its final version of the FLSA overtime rule in […]
By Elizabeth Moses Underrepresentation of minority groups in the biomedical research workforce, and faculty in particular, has limited the competitiveness and productivity of the research enterprise. While the lack of diversity of medical school faculty has often been blamed on a lack of available talent in the underrepresented-minority pool, a new paper suggests there is […]
The American biomedical research enterprise is an engine of innovation and economic growth. Over the past 70 years, this research engine has led to unparalleled improvements in human health and trained some of the best scientists in the world. To ensure continued successes in American biomedical research, Rescuing Biomedical Research is committed to preserving the […]
By Elizabeth Moses Approaching scientific problems with a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds can accelerate the progress of research. Underrepresented minorities occupy just eight percent of senior faculty positions at U.S. four-year colleges and universities. In an effort to broaden participation in the professoriate, the National Science Foundation has committed $5.9 million to three new […]
By Helena Lucente Metrics and other quantitative data assessments of effectiveness are ubiquitous throughout science. However, a common concern of researchers is the overreliance of committees and administrators on metrics that do not accurately portray all of the positive effects an individual can have on research and universities. A recent article in Nature highlights how […]
By Jennifer Nguyen A gender gap in salaries persists across most career stages for those employed in the life sciences, according to the 2016 Life Sciences Salary Survey published this week. Average academic salaries in 2016 were similar to those in 2015, but breaking these data down by gender reveals a more nuanced story.