Investing in the Future: Optimizing the Research Training Partnership Between NIGMS and Academia

NIGMS has a long-standing commitment to research training and biomedical workforce development. As science, the conduct of research and workforce needs evolve, we want to be sure that our training activities most effectively meet current needs and anticipate emerging opportunities, and that they contribute to building a highly capable, diverse biomedical research workforce. During 2010, we engaged in a strategic planning process to examine our existing activities and articulate strategies to help us build and sustain the workforce that the nation needs for improving health and global competitiveness.

We sought broad input for this planning effort and received comments from more than 300 university and college faculty members and administrators, current and former predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, industry representatives, representatives of professional and scientific organizations, and other interested parties.

After issuing our strategic plan for biomedical and behavioral research training in April 2011, we have carefully considered how to implement the actions specified in it. We issued a blueprint for implementation in February 2012.