The NIH is committed to supporting a sustainable and robust workforce equipped to address the greatest challenges and opportunities in biomedical research, recognizing that traditional research-intensive positions are not the only means by which PhD graduates can meaningfully contribute to the biomedical research enterprise. To address this need, the Common Fund is launching the “Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce” program as one component of a trans-NIH strategy to enhance training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape.
NEW! Second cohort of BEST Awards!
The NIH has announced the second cohort of Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awardees! Visit the Funded Research page to learn more about the innovative ways they are preparing trainees for a variety of career options in the biomedical research workforce.
Allowable Student and Postdoc Activities
Questions about what activities students and postdoctoral scholars can participate in? Read more about it here:
- Frequently Asked Questions for OMB's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (see .400-2 "Dual Role of Students and Postdoctoral Staff" on page 19 of the PDF)
- Renewing the Federal Government-University Research Partnership for the 21st Century (see Chapter 4: Integration of Research and Education)
- Rock Talk blog: Defining the Dual Role of Graduate Students and Postdocs Supported by Research Grants
Additional Resources and Information
NEW! National Academies Report Urges Significant Reforms to Improve the Training and Salary of Postdoctoral Researchers
NEW! Nature Editorial "There is life after academia"
Read more about the activities of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce here.
Download the Science Careers 2014 Career Handbook.
More websites will be added as they become available.
Cornell University - Cornell University BEST Training Program
Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology - Beyond the Professoriate: Transforming Pathways for Biomedical Research Careers
New York University School of Medicine - NYU STEP
University of California Davis - Frontiers of University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise (FUTURE)
University of California San Francisco - Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND): Careers for the Future Biomedical Workforce
University of Colorado Denver - Innovative Biomedical Graduate Training for Workforce Readiness
University of Massachusetts Medical School - An Integrated Curriculum and Community-Based Approach to Career Development
Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Mentorship and Development Program for Biomedical Trainees
Wayne State University - Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)
National Reports on Graduate Education and Training
The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States, Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States, 2010
Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, Council of Graduate Schools, 2012
Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report, National Institutes of Health, 2012
Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society, 2012
Research Universities and the Future of America, National Research Council, 2012