APA Responds to Call for Information on Research Training

The APA submitted comments to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to help inform the development of a strategic plan on research training.

The American Psychological Association recently submitted comments to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to help inform the development of a strategic plan on research training.  NIGMS is widely considered to be the “training institute” at NIH, by virtue of the number and breadth of its programs, which include Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Awards.

APA’s comments were informed by thoughtful contributions from the Board of Scientific Affairs (particularly Ken Sher and Vickie Mayes) and Bertha Holliday of APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs.

The comments (PDF, 44KB) were submitted to NIGMS at its website in response to specific questions, in a feedback process that is increasingly common at NIH.  Strict character and word limits require commenters to prioritize and carefully edit their responses.  This process makes it easier for NIH staff to gather and make sense of hundreds of comments.

Along with receiving advice via its website, NIGMS will hold a webinar on June 11 and four meetings across the country: in Philadelphia, PA (April 29), San Francisco, CA (May 12),  Chicago, IL (May 25), and Atlanta, GA (June 4). The strategic plan will be drafted in late summer, 2010, and finalized before the end of 2010.