Release Date: October 10, 2014
Response Date: November 3, 2014
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks input on a proposed new initiative to facilitate the transition of physician-scientists from training to independence. Comments are invited from all interested individuals and entities.
In June 2014, the Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group (PSW-WG) provided a report to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH, on approaches to inform decisions about the development of the U.S. physician-scientist biomedical workforce. The PSW-WG defined physician-scientists as individuals with professional degrees who have training in clinical care and who are engaged in independent biomedical research. As defined by the PSW-WG, this group includes individuals with an MD, DO, DDS/DMD, DVM/VMD, or nurses with research doctoral degrees who devote the majority of their time to biomedical research. Among its recommendations, the PSW-WG suggested that the NIH:
“… should establish a new physician-scientist-specific granting mechanism to facilitate the transition from training to independence. This program should be similar to the K99/R00 program whose funding currently goes almost exclusively to individuals holding a PhD degree. This new grant program could serve either as a replacement or transition from existing K Awards for physician scientists, and should provide a longer period of support, potentially lengthening the R00 phase to 5 years (with an interim staff review at year 3). This new grant series, as well as K and all other training awards, should rigorously enforce protected time of at least 75 percent effort and provide sufficient salary support to make that possible.”
This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to obtain input on unique challenges faced by physician-scientists in transitioning to research independence, the possibility of modifying existing award programs to address these challenges, and the possibility of developing a career transition award program for physician-scientists.
The NIH seeks public input to inform its consideration of the PSW-WG recommendation to develop a program to facilitate the transition of physician-scientists from training to independence.
Your feedback can include, but is not limited to, the following considerations:
Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using the web-based form at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=38 . Please do not submit comments by other mechanisms, such as fax or email. Responses are due by November 3, 2014, 11:59:59 PM EDT.
Respondents are encouraged to provide answers specific to the various degree types under consideration: MD, DO, DDS/DMD, DVM/VMD, or nurses with research doctoral degrees. Answers must be sufficiently brief (short paragraph) so that NIH can group same or similar responses. Essays will NOT be considered.
Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Please do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information in your response. The NIH will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion and will not provide comments to any responder's submission. The collected information will be reviewed by NIH staff, may appear in reports, and may be shared publicly on an NIH website.
The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in summaries of the state of the science, and any resultant solicitation(s). The NIH may use the information gathered by this RFI to inform the development of future funding opportunity announcements.
This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or individual NIH Institutes and Centers. 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.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Research Training and Career Development
NIH Office of Extramural Programs