If the NFRI partnership can enable our research scientists to spend more time in the lab creating new discoveries – if staff at foundations and research institutions can devote more resources (time and money) to enable our scientists to solve some of the most challenging problems in biomedicine – then we have succeeded achieving the goals of this partnership. It is with these goals in mind we invite you to join this partnership to help tackle challenging issues with creativity and respect. If you are interested in joining email Maryrose Franko (HRA’s Executive Director) at Maryrose at HealthRA dot org.
Our goal is to host a series of webinar discussions. Ideally, the first one would be on the impacts of COVID on our sectors, and the research community, and how do we learn from this experience to work together to prepare for the next crisis. Yes – what did we do wrong, but also are there successful strategies that we should continue to implement? Do you have suggestions for speakers?
Other potential topics for this series are listed below.
- Sharing of grant data (including language in grants agreements to retain the right to share grant data publicly)
- Award and contract terms
- Streamlining reporting (maybe ProposalCentral as an example of good practices)
- DEI (Bias in grant/job application and P&T review, increase diversity of applicants)
- Debrief from our presentation at the AUTM meeting and how best to move forward
- Facilitating Open Science (include library community?)
- What are we missing?
Please email maryrose at healthra.org with speaker or topic suggestions or better yet – subscribe to the listserv and add your comments there!
The NFRI Partnership initially developed a set of 4 Guiding Principles by which we operate.
- Efforts must focus on fostering effective long-term partnerships based on mutual trust.
- Activities need to support the mission of each partner. Efforts that are not in alignment with the mission of either partner will have little chance of success.
- Strategies should foster efficient and effective collaborations to ensure timely conduct, dissemination, and advancement of research findings – which will ultimately benefit all parties
- Benefits from streamlining administrative processes and requirements should be realized by all parties.
Informal discussions began around the area of Intellectual Property (IP) in 2012. But in 2017, the NFRI partnership was formalized as collaboration between members of the Health Research Alliance (HRA), and research institutions, with support from the Council on Government Relations (COGR).