FASEB Urges NIH to Evaluate Processes for Stakeholder Engagement

March 15, 2018

On March 12, FASEB sent a letter to Michael Lauer, MD, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), urging the agency to modify its processes for engaging the stakeholder community.

FASEB’s analysis of published Requests for Information (RFIs) from 2013-2017 found that median response periods were brief. As many organizations encounter difficulty providing meaningful feedback from their memberships within these increasingly short timelines, FASEB recommends establishing a minimum RFI comment period of 60 days.

FASEB’s comments also highlighted the increased utilization of blogs, newsletters, webinars, and social media to share information with the research community, but that these mechanisms should supplement rather than replace the formal RFI process.


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