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NIH’s Scientific Management Review Board Examines On-Going NIH Reforms

May 9, 2014—The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Scientific Management and Review Board (SMRB) May 7 met to discuss NIH’s peer review process and the processes for oversight and management of research awards.

During the meeting, the SMRB board considered the general problems of increasing “pre-college” engagement in biomedical research and ways to enlarge the earliest stages of the pipeline for the biomedical research workforce.

The board also received an update on from NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., who described his participation in the 21st Century Cures roundtable [see related story]. Dr. Collins noted the bipartisan, universally supportive comments made about research and expressed hope that such discussion will convert to action.

The SMRB expressed strong interest in a recent report of the National Science Board on the growing regulatory burden faced by academic scientists working on federally funded grants.  NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey, Ph.D., describe NIH’s own efforts for streamlining the awards oversight and reporting process, although she did note that emerging issues, such as addressing concerns about the reproducibility of research results, are expected to lead to further reporting requirements for NIH grantees.


Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488


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