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Training and Career Development by Career Stage, Degree, and Grant Mechanism .

Different NIH training and career development mechanisms represent distinct combinations of eligibility requirements, target populations, types of programs, allowable funding levels, and other program features. In considering funding by mechanism, the Task Force reviewed data on: (a) the shares of funding distributed through each grant mechanism; (b) the number of trainees supported; (c) the subsequent success of trainees supported by different mechanisms; and (d) the historical use of various mechanisms by NICHD and other NIH ICs. The Task Force members engaged in intensive discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of various types of programs and mechanisms. Although individual members had different preferences, ultimately the Task Force agreed that some changes in emphasis were needed. This rebalancing will help the NICHD maintain successful programs and mechanisms, encourage young investigators to engag