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Senator Authors Legislation to Promote Next Generation of Researchers

September 27, 2013—Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Sept. 26 unveiled the Next Generation Research Act, legislation intended to support the “next generation” of researchers and young scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Among its provisions, the bill:

  • Authorizes creation of an NIH initiative to coordinate polices aimed at promoting new researchers;
  • Strives to implement recommendations by the NIH Office of Extramural Research to improve mentorship opportunities for new researchers and expand workforce diversity efforts, for example; and
  • Directs the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study evaluating barriers to biomedical research careers for early-stage scientists and new investigators. 

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., sent a Sept. 20 letter  endorsing the bill, stating that “[e]nhancing our nation’s investment in science is essential if the United States is to remain competitive in the innovation-based global economy,” and that the bill recognizes “a critical element of that investment is ensuring that the brightest young minds of the next generation are able to contribute to the advancement of science.”

The senator discussed the legislation during an online forum that included comments by Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D., dean and executive vice president, Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as two Ph.D. candidates from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Biomolecular Chemistry.

Senator Baldwin originally announced her intention to author the legislation Aug. 13, at visits to the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, noting, “In order for America to out-innovate the rest of the world and create an economy built to last, we must protect and strengthen our investments in research, science, and innovation.” She added, “We also need to continue to support and invest in the next generation of researchers.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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