Objective 4: Enhance the Complementary and Integrative Health Research Workforce
Researchers from many different biomedical and behavioral disciplines are key to further advancing basic, mechanistic, translational, and clinical research in complementary approaches and their integration into health care. Over the years, NCCIH has targeted resources to attract well-trained and experienced scientists and clinicians into complementary and integrative health research, supporting their development as scientific leaders in the field. NCCIH will continue to promote strategies to enhance diversity of the workforce, enhance the clinician-scientist pathway at both the individual and institutional levels, and enhance the transition of Research Career Development (K) awardees to an independent research career.
NCCIH supports research training and career development programs to increase the number and diversity of well-trained scientists to conduct rigorous complementary and integrative health research. We have special opportunities for individuals from groups who are underrepresented in scientific research (e.g., racial and ethnic minority populations) throughout the continuum from high school to faculty. In addition, we support workshops at NIH and at scientific conferences to help students and fellows connect to NIH funding opportunities, understand how to interact with NIH staff to develop research proposals, navigate the NIH peer review process successfully, develop resilience to overcome career roadblocks, and develop plans for a successful research career. We attend a wide variety of scientific conferences that include targeted outreach to societies with a focus on individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences.