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.

Related Priorities

Compelling Question
How can senior scientists be encouraged to mentor young investigators and, in the later stages of their career, to entrust greater responsibility to emerging lab leaders (e.g., incrementally turning over their projects to more junior lab members)? (8.CQ.11)
Critical Challenge
Sufficient numbers of clinical scientists are needed, particularly those interested in pursuing translation of breakthroughs from basic science laboratories into clinical settings. (8.CC.01)
Critical Challenge
Programs of training, professional development, and mentoring are needed to help create a more diverse cadre of senior leaders in science and medicine. (8.CC.02)
Critical Challenge
Methods for encouraging medical students to choose research career paths are needed. (8.CC.03)
Critical Challenge
Training that emphasizes rigorous scientific methods in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences is required to increase reliability and reproducibility of research findings. (8.CC.04)