The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites online input from the scientific community as it sets its research and funding priorities for the next 5 years. Specific questions include:
- What factors should NIGMS consider in deciding how to set its priorities with respect to new and existing areas of support?
- What factors should NIGMS consider in deciding how to set its priorities with respect to research training?
- What new or emerging areas, approaches, or technologies in basic biomedical research should NIGMS pursue?
- As part of its efforts to maintain a balanced research portfolio, how can NIGMS best encourage and support research that is highly innovative and/or risky?
- Are there areas of current NIGMS research activity that should receive less emphasis?
- How can NIGMS enhance its communication with the scientific community and the public?
- How can NIGMS more effectively promote and encourage greater diversity in the biomedical research workforce?
Comments entered into the online form should be limited to approximately 500 words per question (maximum of 4,000 characters and spaces). Responses will be accepted until 12 midnight EDT on Tuesday, March 20, 2007.
The contact person for this effort is Judith H. Greenberg, PhD, Director, Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-594-0943).