Establishing a national strategy for shared research resources in biomedical sciences

Naomi E. Charalambakis*, Nicholas P. Ambulos, Philip Hockberger, Susan M. Meyn, Sara K. Bowen, Susan Constable, Nancy C. Fisher, Luellen Fletcher, Justine Kigenyi, Claudius Mundoma, Kathryn A. Ramirez-Aguilar, Andrew Vinard, Mary E. Winn, Sheenah M. Mische

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Abstract

Contemporary science has become increasingly multi-disciplinary and team-based, resulting in unprecedented growth in biomedical innovation and technology over the last several decades. Collaborative research efforts have enabled investigators to respond to the demands of an increasingly complex 21st century landscape, including pressing scientific challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic. A major contributing factor to the success of team science is the mobilization of core facilities and shared research resources (SRRs), the scientific instrumentation and expertise that exist within research organizations that enable widespread access to advanced technologies for trainees, faculty, and staff. For over 40 years, SRRs have played a key role in accelerating biomedical research discoveries, yet a national strategy that addresses how to leverage these resources to enhance team science and achieve shared scientific goals is noticeably absent. We believe a national strategy for biomedical SRRs—led by the National Institutes of Health—is crucial to advance key national initiatives, enable long-term research efficiency, and provide a solid foundation for the next generation of scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere21973
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume35
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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