Join FOR in making your voice heard at the NIH

There are just a few more days left to submit comments to the NIH’s latest Request for Information (RFI) entitled “Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.” This is a tremendous opportunity for all scientists, particularly early career researchers like us, to make an impact at the NIH. Why should you take a few minutes out of your day to do this? Former NIGMS Director Jeremy Berg submitted a FOIA request for the responses of a previous RFI regarding the controversial “Emeritus awards.” As a result of this, many of us were surprised to hear that the NIH received just over 200 responses. If just a fraction of a percent of US postdocs submitted their responses, we could easily double this number. Here are examples of postdoc responses that have been posted publicly (leave us a note in the comments with a link to yours, and we’ll update the post!) Feel free to copy and paste parts of the responses marked with * below to use as a starting point for your own: Vaibhav Pai* Sergey Kryazhimskiy Jessica Polka* Gary McDowell* The RFI closes on May 17th. Before that date, be sure to click this link and enter your responses into the simple web form. Here are some commonly raised issues and proposed solutions that you use to start your response if you agree. Naturally, you can modify them to reflect your own experience and to highlight the issues you feel most strongly about: Hypercompetition is damaging the mission of the NIH by discouraging young scientists from pursuing a career in research,...

Take another opportunity to give the NIH your comments

The NIH is looking for comments on “policies and strategies to improve the impact and sustainability” of biomedical research. You can read about the background in the NIH “Rock Talk” blogpost by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch, “Give Input on Strategies for Optimizing the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research“. Here is the Request for Information, where you can submit your comments electronically. Just as we’ve posted with opportunities to comment on the FASEB report, the NSF forum on graduate education, and on the NIH emeritus award, it’s important for early career researchers to keep adding their voices to the conversation, and making their opinions heard – see also Put your PhD/postdoc where your mouth is and A Call for the Voices of Early Career Researchers....

Time is running out to make your voice heard by NIH and FASEB

We recently posted about the opportunity to comment on the NIH Emeritus Award and the FASEB Report. If you haven’t done it yet, there’s STILL time but it is fast running out. If you want more encouragement, please read this ASCB blogpost, “Put your PhD/postdoc where your mouth is“, and some opinions on The Winnower in “A Call for the Voices of Early Career Researchers“. It’s important to make sure your voice is heard, and to provide data, to effect change....