Review NIH Data Report on Trainee Outcomes

Funding News Edition: March 17, 2021
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NIAID uses Training Grants (T) to support research training programs at domestic, nonprofit, and private or public graduate-level academic institutions for predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates. Senior investigators who head research and training programs, rather than the trainee-level researchers themselves, apply for these awards.

Last month, Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, posted NIH R01 Grant Outcomes of T32 Postdoctoral Participants: Associations With Demographics, Cohort, Degree, and Career Development (K) Awards. In the blog post, he explores how many T32 postdoctoral participants eventually serve as a principal investigator (PI) on an R01-equivalent award and how long it takes for those participants to reach that career milestone.

The data also examine factors like gender, age, degree type, and career development awards as variables that influence R01 award outcomes.

The goals of a T32 grant and the program it supports are much broader than solely equipping trainees to become PIs on R01 awards. Still, the data Dr. Lauer presents should be of interest to those who help facilitate research training programs.

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