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NIGMS Issues Strategic Plan for Its Training Programs

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences this week released "Investing in the Future," a strategic plan for its biomedical and behavioral research training programs. NIGMS says this plan highlights four main themes:

Research training is a responsibility shared by NIH, academic institutions, faculty and traineesResearch training focuses on student development, not simply the selection of talented students.Breadth and flexibility enable research training to keep pace with the opportunities and demands of contemporary science and provide the foundation for a variety of career paths.Diversity is an indispensable component of research training excellence, and it must be advanced across the entire research enterprise.

Judith Greenberg, who directs the institute's division of genetics and developmental biology, said in a statement that NIGMS "will begin implementing the plan’s action items right away." At the Feedback Loop blog, outgoing NIGMS Director Jeremy Berg adds that the plan "considers training in the broadest sense, including not just activities supported on training grants and fellowships, but also those supported through research grants." In addition, Berg says that it "acknowledges that trainees may pursue many different career outcomes that can contribute to the NIH mission."

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