Recommendations for the Future of NIH


A new report prepared by leading scientists, thought leaders and policy experts, A Vision and Pathway for NIH, includes recommendations for the new Administration to further advance the nation’s leading biomedical research and health agency-- the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to better align agency organization and policies with present and future strategies for achieving the highest impact in research and training, and improving health outcomes.

The report, written by an ad hoc working group, led by Research!America board member Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy; Director, UCSF Precision Medicine; Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine; University of California San Francisco, and former federal agency officials who recognize the opportunities and current challenges with the  research enterprise. Mary Woolley, President & CEO of Research!America, was among the working group advisors.

Recommendations span four main areas: research, training, administration and operations, and the appointment of a new NIH director. Among the recommendations listed in the first 100 days section for the new Administration include: convening a Strength in Science Taskforce charged with identifying actions that ensure continued U.S. pre-eminence in scientific research and innovation, and encouraging joint-institute and NIH-wide research by increasing the Common Fund and specifying that funds support integrated investigations. Other recommendations focus on increasing workforce diversity, supporting young investigators, and streamlining the grant applications process.  

For the full report, click here.

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