NIH seeks additional input on how to sustain the biomedical research enterprise, neuroscience research funding

In recent months, NIH has issued requests for information on various initiatives, resources, and ongoing projects. On April 2,  Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey solicited a request titled “Input on Strategies for Optimizing the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.”

Lorsch and Rockey are heading two NIH-wide working groups focused on maximizing the impact and sustainability of NIH-funded research. Rockey’s group is identifying ways to support researchers at various stages of their careers, including ways to minimize the time it takes for junior investigators to reach independence. Lorsch’s group is primarily focused on streamlining policies and strategies for efficiency and sustainability.

To support Lorsch’s efforts, NIH has just issued a new RFI seeking input on:

  • key issues that limit the impact of NIH funding as well as ideas on new policies and approaches to increase impact
  • how to adjust current funding policies to ensure sustainability of NIH-funded research
  • other relevant issues

This is a unique opportunity for OHSU faculty, researchers, and administrators to help NIH serve our research community in sustainable ways during fiscally challenging times.

In related news, an RFI was issued on April 1, soliciting input on how to best invest funds in the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (Blueprint). Blueprint, a collaboration among 15 participating NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices, focuses broadly on all aspects of research on the nervous system, across multiple diseases and disorders. As such, Blueprint is seeking input on issues such as current major impediments to advancing neuroscience research, opportunities not served by current programs with the potential for high impact, and specific ideas, questions, and resources that would be of high value to the neuroscience research community.

Given our large neuroscience portfolio, OHSU input could have a significant impact on the direction of future funding.  Please make your voices heard!