NIGMS supports individuals and institutions that foster research training and a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. We’re seeking input from trainees (undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists), biomedical faculty, and research education program participants (e.g., postbaccalaureates), on initiatives that can help us improve research training, career progression, or the educational environment. NIGMS is especially interested in hearing about trainee-initiated activities—particularly from the trainees themselves—in NIGMS-funded training programs, including U-RISE, MARC, BUILD, PREP, G-RISE, IMSD, Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Bridges to the Doctorate, IRACDA, MOSAIC, basic biomedical T32, and MSTP.
This request for information (RFI) invites comments describing, but not limited to, the following:
- The ways in which NIGMS-supported research training, career progression, or the educational program(s) have been beneficial
- How NIGMS-supported research training, career progression, or the educational program(s) could be improved
- The ways in which trainees at your institution have worked to improve research training, career progression, or the educational environment
- Areas of concern regarding the broader training environment and how NIH/NIGMS programs could help improve it
- Recommendations for how best NIH/NIGMS can receive feedback on trainee experiences going forward
Responses to the RFI can be submitted via an online form and will be anonymous. The due date for submitting responses to the RFI is May 28.