FASEB Responds to Two Requests from NASEM Committees on Workforce Efforts

October 12, 2017

On October 3, FASEB provided comments to the Committee on the Next Generation Researchers Initiative offering feedback on recommendations intended to improve the “successful launch and sustainment of careers among the next generation of researchers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.” Citing its 2015 consensus report, Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences, the Federation supported proposals to 1) increase the duration of research project grants; 2) promote transparency in training by requiring universities to make available data on programmatic and career outcomes; and 3) shift to a research structure in which more work is conducted by staff scientists, and less by graduate students and postdocs.

See FASEB’s complete response here.

Also on October 3, FASEB responded to the Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, in agreement with the Committee’s assessment of core educational elements of PhD training programs. FASEB addressed the importance of including instruction on and opportunities for teaching in the training experience, and the utility of national repository for career and career development information. One example the comments referenced is the "National Center for Advancing the Career Development of Scientists," initiative currently in development by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and other training stakeholders. FASEB concluded by noting that the fundamental purpose of biological and biomedical graduate education is research training, and cautioned against deviating too far from that mission.

See FASEB’s complete response here.

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