Dec 17 - In June 2012, the National Institute of Health (NIH) created
working groups charged with supporting growth and diversity of the biomedical
research workforce and utilizing biomedical data more effectively. Last week,
the NIH proposed a broad implementation process for these initiatives that will
undergo further clarification before enactment in 2013.
Fitch believes these NIH initiatives, which are intended to improve diversity
issues and create a sustainable training and support framework for graduate
students and postdoctoral researchers, will create a need for additional
internal controls to be implemented by universities.
Fitch expects universities with significant NIH funding or entrenched research
programs to have the ability to manage through the changes while less nimble
entities will struggle to meet the proposed guidelines. Additionally, Fitch
believes institutions with proactive management teams and a focus on expanding
their research programs within the healthcare sciences will be more likely to
make these changes. Research institutions which find it problematic to implement
the necessary changes could experience increased competition for program
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