FY 2019 Annual Performance Plan and Report - Goal 4 Objective 2

Fiscal Year 2019
Released April, 2018

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Goal 4. Objective 2:  Expand the capacity of the scientific workforce and infrastructure to support innovative research

Tomorrow’s scientific breakthroughs depend on a highly trained and ethical scientific workforce, working in facilities and with tools that foster innovation.  Efforts to expand the capacity of the scientific workforce and infrastructure can better prepare the Nation for global health emergencies, extend the reach and impact of scientific investigations, and contribute to research of national or global significance.

Through various initiatives and programs, HHS recruits and trains students, recent graduates, and other professionals to conduct rigorous and reproducible research.  HHS provides research training and career development opportunities to ensure that highly trained investigators will be available across the range of scientific disciplines necessary to address the Nation’s biomedical and scientific research needs.

HHS invests in Federal statistical units responsible for national surveys that provide reliable, timely, and policy-relevant information for policymakers and researchers.  HHS also invests in strengthening the research infrastructure, ensuring that research facilities are constructed, modernized, and equipped with state-of-the-art tools and resources to support the scientific community.

Scientific integrity is a priority for the Department.  Divisions responsible for research have developed policies and procedures to ensure the highest degree of scientific integrity in the research HHS conducts, funds, and supports—to ensure that our research is credible and worthy of the public’s confidence.

The Office of the Secretary leads this objective.  The following divisions are responsible for implementing programs under this strategic objective: AHRQ, CDC, FDA, NIH, OASH, OGA, and SAMHSA.

Objective 4.2 Table of Related Performance Measures

By 2021, develop, validate, and/or disseminate 3-5 new research tools or technologies that enable better understanding of brain function at the cellular and/or circuit level (Lead Agency - NIH; Measure ID - SRO-2.12)
Fiscal Year Target Result Status
FY 2012 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2013 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2014 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2015 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2016 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2017 N/A N/A N/A
FY 2018 Develop four novel neurotechnologies for stimulating/recording in the brain to enable basic studies of neural activity at the cellular level. Dec 31, 2018 In Progress
FY 2019 Test new and/or existing brain stimulation devices for 2 new therapeutic indications in humans through the BRAIN Public-Private Partnership. Dec 31, 2019 In Progress

The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® was launched to accelerate the development and application of new neurotechnologies that will enable researchers to gain deeper understanding of how the human brain functions in normal conditions as well as states of disease or dysfunction. These new technologies will provide unprecedented opportunities to explore how individual cells and whole circuits interact in both time and space. Ultimately, the scientific advances that emerge through this initiative are expected to lead to new ways to treat, cure, or prevent brain disorders. This measure reflects the short-term goals identified in the BRAIN 2025 report, with a specific focus on development and validation of cutting edge tools and technologies that can later be applied to answer critical and complex research questions about the human brain.

Increase the percentage of scientists retained at FDA after completing the Fellowship or Traineeship programs (Lead Agency- FDA; Measure ID – 291101)
Measure FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019
Target 50% 50% 45% 40% 40% 40% 50% 50%
Result 69% 63% 78% 80% 81% N/A Sep 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2019
Status Target Exceeded Target Exceeded Target Exceeded Target Exceeded Target Exceeded N/A Pending Pending

To support the Department’s mission and FDA’s scientific expertise, FDA is expanding its fellowship efforts by launching a new FDA Traineeship Program while continuing other Fellowship programs.  This performance goal focuses on FDA’s efforts to retain a targeted percentage of the scientists who complete these programs.  The size and focus of the new agency-wide Traineeship program will be greater in number and scope than the current Fellowship, and FDA will be resetting the retention target in FY 2020 and beyond when the new FDA Traineeship Program is launched.  Additionally, whether “graduates” from these programs continue to work for FDA or choose to work in positions in related industry and academic fields, they are trained in using an FDA-presented understanding of the complex scientific issues in emerging technologies and innovation, which furthers the purpose of HHS Strategic Objective 4.2: Expand the capacity of the scientific workforce and infrastructure to support innovative research.


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