The National Research Council (NRC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released separate reports on actions that must be taken to ensure that the U.S. biomedical research infrastructure remains viable.
The National Research Council (NRC) Report on Research Universities presents strategies for ensuring that the nation's research universities can contribute strongly to America's prosperity, security, and national goals. Read the full report here.
The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce issued a draft summary report recommending actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical research infrastructure. Read the full report and the task force’s recommendations here.
A second task force of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director, the Working Group on Diversity, also released a summary of its report. Reviewing statistics demonstrating that “diversity in biomedicine still falls far short of mirroring that of the U.S. population” and that there is a discrepancy in success rates between Caucasian and African American NIH grant applicants, the task force concluded that additional efforts were needed to address this persistent problem. Read the report and the recommendations for the here.