Further develop, diversify, and sustain a scientific workforce capable of accomplishing the NHLBI’s mission
Objective 8: Further develop, diversify, and sustain a scientific workforce capable of accomplishing the NHLBI’s mission
Needed new approaches will ensure the continuing development of a diverse scientific workforce equipped with the relevant skills, knowledge, and resources to tackle future heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) challenges. This goal will require strategic interventions all along the research career continuum, including K to 12 education, collegiate and postdoctoral studies, and career development from early investigator to senior scientist. While this is relevant in all areas of development, particular attention is warranted for under-represented groups in science. Collaborative partnerships will be critical to collectively work toward the challenge of expanding the exposure of young students to the wonders of science and sustain that interest through college and graduate education. It is also critical to embrace research training as a lifelong exploration of scientific curiosity in which the NIH promotes the adoption of new disciplines, tools, and technologies as the scientific and public health landscape continually undergoes dynamic change.
Envision a future in which we are able to...
Enable innovative solutions to pressing health problems by promoting the development of multidisciplinary teams capable of leveraging diverse skills and perspectives from crosscutting research fields such as data science, computational biology, quantitative population sciences, behavioral science, and implementation science.
What kinds of exposures, beginning in early education, would stimulate and maintain students' interest in and understanding of science, particularly students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds? (8.CQ.01)
How can we foster diversity among trainees and in the HLBS scientific workforce so that our research community reflects the makeup of the population at large and has ample participation of individuals from disadvantaged and medically underserved communities? (8.CQ.02)
How can clinical research training programs increase cultural competency about diseases or conditions that disproportionately affect underserved populations and attract and retain researchers who better understand the populations affected? (8.CQ.03)
What are the best strategies to develop a highly competent and diverse scientific workforce-across the spectrum from basic to population science-to address domestic and international health inequities? (8.CQ.04)
How do we ensure that HLBS trainees across the career continuum are aware of and prepared for a variety of possible scientific career opportunities (e.g., careers in teaching, industry, government)? (8.CQ.05)