The National Institute of General Medical Sciences examining innovative ways to best support biomedical researchers. Last week we reported on NIGMS’s new funding mechanism for early-career scientists and now they’re seeking input on how best to foster technology development for the research community. More specifically, the Institute is asking for information on the need for development of technologies and the relationship of technology development to other biomedical research. Of particular interest are ideas about:
- The value of coupling technology development to addressing a significant research question
- Important factors to consider in peer review of technology development applications
- Important factors to consider in evaluation of technology development projects and programs
- The role of industrial or other partnerships in developing technologies to meet future research needs
- The role of NIGMS in supporting technology development at various stages: exploration, application, optimization, validation and maturation or “hardening”
Let your voices be heard on ideas related to emerging technology concepts, ideas on how to develop these ideas into tools, and how to integrate these tools into your research. This an opportunity to have your own work and that of OHSU drive new NIGMS initiatives.