Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in Biomedical Research
National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Committee on Bridges to Independence: Identifying Opportunities for and Challenges to Fostering the Independence of Young Investigators in the Life Sciences
National Academies Press, Jul 26, 2005 - Medical - 172 pages
A rising median age at which PhDâ€™s receive their first research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is among the factors forcing academic biomedical researchers to spend longer periods of time before they can set their own research directions and establish there independence. The fear that promising prospective scientists will choose other career paths has raised concerns about the future of biomedical research in the United States. At the request of NIH, the National Academies conducted a study on ways to address these issues. The report recommends that NIH make fostering independence of biomedical researchers an agencywide goal, and that it take steps to provide postdocs and early-career investigators with more financial support for their own research, improve postdoc mentoring and establish programs for new investigators and staff scientists among other mechanisms.
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2 Where Are We Now?
3 A Vision for 2010
4 Optimizing Postdoctoral Training
5 Transition to First Independent Position
6 Establishing Stable Research Programs