Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Should the Management Structure of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing Be Improved?

01/01/2012

The National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) seek to transform the way biomedical research is conducted by overcoming hurdles and filling knowledge gaps. The short-term high impact/high-risk program spans all areas of health and disease research and boundaries of National Institutes of Health Institutes and Centers. The seven centers are intended to be the core of the networked effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing in the nation. The centers cover systems biology, image processing, biophysical modeling, biomedical ontologies, information integration, and tools for gene-phenotype and disease analysis. They create innovative software programs and other tools that enable the biomedical community to integrate, analyze, model, simulate, and share data on human health and disease. The study sought to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the program's management structure; solicit input and ideas from program stakeholders about how the management processes might be improved; and estimate the level of effort that had been devoted to program management by various participants to inform the budgeting process for the next term of funding.

Through interviews with the Program Officers and Lead Science Officers and the questionnaires sent to the seven Principal Investigators, stakeholders provided several suggestions for improving program management. The role of the Science Officers needed to be better defined. Communication needed to be improved, both within the project team and outwards to the Principal Investigators. The collaborative management structure of the NCBCs was good but could be enhanced to be more effective.

Report Title: Results of Questionnaire for NCBC PIs Regarding NIH Management Practices: UPDATED
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)
Record ID: 9476 (Report issued March 31, 2010)

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