AAMC Statement on NIH Support for Early and Mid-Career Scientists

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the decision by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to withdraw the proposed Grant Support Index: 

“The AAMC appreciates the NIH’s renewed focus on early-career investigators and its new emphasis on mid-career researchers. Research funded by the NIH is vital to deepening our understanding of human health and disease, and supporting the next generation of researchers is key to sustaining the biomedical research workforce and advancing the exploration of new ideas and topics.

We are thankful for the NIH’s responsiveness to the research community as we work together to address opportunities to strengthen medical science. As these efforts progress, we invite the NIH to work with our nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to identify strategies to maximize the opportunities for talented investigators in the research enterprise at every career stage. 

We look forward to working with the NIH as a partner to further support the biomedical research workforce and the breakthroughs that provide hope to millions of Americans living with chronic and life-threatening disease.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.