Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-045

Key Dates
Release Date: February 21, 2013  
Response Date:  April 22, 2013

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) inviting comments and suggestions on the implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce.


In December 2010, the NIH Director charged a working group of the ACD with examining the future of the biomedical research workforce in the United States. The Working Group was asked to recommend actions to the ACD to ensure a sustainable biomedical and behavioral research workforce.  Together with a modeling sub-committee composed mainly of social scientists who study the labor force, the group defined the major issues facing the biomedical research workforce, gathered data on the current workforce, heard from multiple stakeholders, and solicited input on the major issues from the public through a Request for Information (RFI) (NOT-OD-11-106).

The findings and conclusions of the Working Group were presented to the ACD in June 2012 at a federal advisory committee meeting open to the public. The presentation included a snapshot of the current biomedical research workforce, as well as recommendations to the ACD about the training of graduate students and postdoctorates.  In addition, the report identified ways to improve and maintain a robust data collection on the biomedical research workforce to provide accurate information to those in the field and those thinking about joining it. An accompanying website presented the data collected by the Working Group.

NIH Leadership considered the recommendations and developed preliminary plans for their implementation which were presented to the ACD in a meeting open to the public in December 2012. NIH is moving forward with implementation and through this Notice is requesting input to inform the implementation plans in the following areas:

In developing policies and procedures for implementing these recommendations in the context of the current review process, it will be important to receive input about what types of careers should be considered a successful outcome.  Also, input would be welcomed as to which students and postdoctoral fellows at an institution should be considered as participating in programs relevant to a particular training grant should be included in training grant reports.

Information Requested

To ensure a thorough and comprehensive consideration of the issues that may arise in implementing the Working Group’s recommendations, responses are being sought from all stakeholders in the extramural community, including students, postdoctorates, scientists, scientific societies, and NIH grantee institutions, as well as from the general public.   Information is sought for each of the areas identified above and any other items that may affect implementation of these recommendations. 
Your comments may include but are not limited to:

1.  Any of the areas identified above and any other specific areas you believe are worthy of consideration by the implementation team, including identifying the critical issues(s) and impact(s) on institutions, scientists, students and/or postdoctorates.

2.  Information about your personal or institutional experiences in these areas that you believe would be useful to the implementation team in developing policies and procedures for implementation.

Response to this RFI is voluntary. Responders are free to address any or all of the above items. Please note that the Government will not pay for response preparation or for the use of any information contained in the response. NIH will provide a summary of all input received which is responsive to this RFI.

Please do not include any personally identifiable or confidential information that you do not wish to make public. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.

How to Submit a Response

All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website.

Responses to this RFI will be accepted through April 22, 2013. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions. 


Specific questions about this RFI should be directed to the following email address:

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