Update on the Postdoctoral Benefit Survey

In 2014, the NIH announced that it was going to distribute the NIH postdoctoral benefits survey to collect information on benefits available to postdoctoral researchers at different institutions. The survey was launched in response to a report on the biomedical research workforce from an Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) working group. The report included recommendations for improving graduate student and postdoctoral research training through a number of measures that included increasing postdoctoral NRSA stipends and considering adjustments to policies related to benefits like health insurance. With regard to benefits, the report recommended: “NIH should require and adjust its own policies so that all NIH-supported postdoctoral researchers on any form of support (training grants, fellowships or research project grants) receive benefits that are comparable to other employees at the institution. Such benefits include paid time off, health insurance, retirement plans, maternity leave etc.” As a first step in the gathering information from NIH stakeholders pursuant to the report, OER staff members issued a request for information (RFI) inviting comments on several of the recommendations. Respondents to the RFI who commented on postdoctoral benefits expressed concerns about differences in benefits available across different classes of postdocs and supported the idea that all postdocs should have comparable benefits including: health insurance, dental insurance, visio...
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