Owing to your longstanding interest in research training issues in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, we would like to invite you to submit a two or three-page letter no later than March 29, indicating your preliminary thoughts in reaction to these four questions:
What is the most significant challenge we face today in the United States for maintaining an adequate supply of qualified scientists to sustain and advance health research?
What improvements might be made in the National Research Service Awards program to assure a continuing supply of skilled investigators in the biomedical and behavioral sciences in the coming years?
What steps might be taken to improve the effectiveness of the NRSA program in recruiting women and minorities into scientific careers?
What features of the NRSA training grant might be strengthened to assure the maintenance of higher quality research training environments?
The Committee is also aware of significant changes that have come about in employment opportunities for bioscientists in industry and other types of nontraditional research settings. Relative to the research training areas of interest to you, we would also be interested in knowing whether you believe current employment opportunities have resulted in (or might be expected to result in) new research training strategies in the biosciences? What are the implications of those new strategies for the NRSA program?
We hope that you will take the opportunity to assist in our effort to gather the views of experts in the bioscience community by sending us a letter no later than March 29 to:
National Research Council
Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel
Studies and Surveys Unit
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Building 2133--202 (BBRP)
Washington, DC 20418
The Committee has designated an ad hoc panel to review the responses and to select the 35 individuals who will be invited to address the Committee at its May 3 hearing. We regret that we cannot accommodate more than 35 speakers plus commentary from the audience. However, be assured that all Committee members will receive for review the full set of materials generated by this letter of invitation when they are received.
If you have any further questions about the Public Hearing, please telephone Rob Murphy at 202/334-3982 for any further information about the meeting.
We know you share our concern that we provide a strong program of research training through the National Research Service Awards program and look forward to your suggestions for achieving that goal.
Ira J. Hirsh
John D. Stobo