Evaluation of NIH Post-doctoral Trainees and Fellows

This study is part of a long-term evaluation effort directed at examining the extent to which the objectives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs are being achieved. Using extant data, the focus of this project is to develop a profile of NRSA post-doctoral award recipients and determine what portion of former NRSA post-doctoral trainees and fellows successfully pursue health-related research or training careers.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Director

FEDERAL CONTACT: Schaffer, Dr. Walter
301-435-2770

PIC ID: 6285

PERFORMER: Vanderbilt University, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Nashville, TN

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/20/99

Evaluation of Simplification of Human Resources Management System at the Nation Institutes of Health

The NIH will engage the services of an expert organization to develop criteria, conduct evaluations and provide program development support. The Secretary, DHHS, and the director, NIH, will jointly appoint a panel of distinguished scientists and administrators to review the contractor evaluations and the impact of these delegations on the NIH research programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Director

FEDERAL CONTACT: Benowitz, Stephen C.
301-496-3592

PIC ID: 6862

PERFORMER: National Academy of Public Administration
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 10/30/01

Evaluation of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Research Service Awards for Predoctoral Individual M.D./Ph.D. Fellows

To address research training needs related to the fields of mental health, neuroscience, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse, the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration established a National Research Service Award (NRSA) individual fellowship mechanism in 1989 for training physicians and scientists. After rejoining the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1993, the NIMH, along with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), elected to continue this mechanism. The objectives of this fellowship program are to increase the numbers of physicians and scientists trained in, and conducting, biomedical and behavioral research in areas related to mental illness and addictions. Because this fellowship mechanism is young, and most participants are still in training, this is an optimal time to establish a tracking system which builds a framework for measurement of program performance and future periodic assessments of the program. The objectives of this project are to assess the impact of this support mechanism on: (1) changes in the numbers of M.D.s, and Ph.D.s conducting clinical and basic research in neuroscience, mental health, and behavioral sciences, and mental health services research; and (2) the specific areas of science in which fellowship graduates conduct research.

AGENCY SPONSOR: National Institute of Mental Health

FEDERAL CONTACT: Babich, Karen
301-443-4335

PIC ID: 6096

PERFORMER: National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/00

Study of National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is establishing a study committee which will direct activities related to the development of estimates of future needs for biomedical and behavioral research personnel. Using estimates of future needs, the committee will make recommendations concerning the size and composition of the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) research training programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Director

FEDERAL CONTACT: Schaffer, Dr. Walter
301-435-2770

PIC ID: 4664.1

PERFORMER: National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 1/20/00