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3 A Vision for 2010
Pages 74-79

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From page 74...
... Given these trends, we might ask, how will the biomedical research enterprise look in 2010 and how should it look? What policies and practices related to the preparation of new scientists might foster change and independence of thought?
From page 75...
... There are several ways in which NIH could reallocate funds and support postdoctoral researchers' efforts to achieve independence. The vision for the future distributes funding to support training and programmatic goals, rather than defining goals by funding opportunities.
From page 76...
... The system has moved so far in this direction that most "new investigators" are over 40 years old and -- counting their graduate studies -- have already been working as practicing scientists for 12 to 15 years. The vision for the future would provide opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and other non-faculty to apply for their own research funding in order to establish independence earlier in their careers.
From page 77...
... The most revered approach to gaining recognition is through publications. Biomedical researchers publish their findings in scholarly journals, adhering by tradition to an attribution structure in which the first listed author has carried out most of the experiments and the last author is the independent investigator who conceived the study and obtained primary funding.
From page 78...
... Indeed, because the majority of postdoctoral researchers are supported on individual research grants held by their advisors, there is no mandate or stated expectation
From page 79...
... The lack of data on postdoctoral researchers, staff scientists, and other non-tenure-track positions -- as well as for tenure-track scientists1 -- makes it difficult to formulate informed programmatic and policy decisions. The few existing data sources exclude large segments of the biomedical research community (see Box 2-1)

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