Sustaining a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce for the Future
The NHLBI continues to prioritize investigator-initiated science and support for early-stage investigators (ESIs). In fact, over the past five years, the award success rate for NHLBI ESIs improved by 78 percent. The Institute has also invested in programs to build and sustain a diverse workforce. For example, supplemental awards can be made to grantees who diversify their research team. Moreover, the NHLBI’s Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) prepares junior faculty from underrepresented backgrounds for successful research careers. From 2006 to 2018, graduates from PRIDE’s cardiovascular research programs had a 63 percent success rate for NIH grant applications, compared with 19 percent for NIH applications overall.
Ensuring the long-term stability of an inclusive workforce is also a priority. NHLBI leadership and program staff make every effort to identify, grow, and retain tomorrow’s scientific leaders; support them on a path to independence; and prepare them to train the next generation. For example, one type of training award, the NHLBI Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24), currently supports 43 midcareer investigators. This award ensures mid-career physician researchers can mentor and guide early-career research trainees or junior faculty by providing them with 25 percent protected time for five years, allowing for a meaningful period of guidance and mentorship.
The NHLBI will continue its commitment to supporting talented scientists throughout their careers, helping them succeed not only as investigators but also as teachers and mentors for a future globally competitive workforce.
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