Every year $28B is spent on preclinical research that cannot be reproduced, a challenge that increases the cost and time to translate research into life-saving therapies. Despite increasing pressure within the academic community to address the challenges of irreproducibility, little has been done to provide researchers with the tools and resources they need to adequately address this issue.
To better understand the needs for training of researchers, GBSI developed a baseline assessment of the current state of knowledge and skill level across the fundamental components of research fidelity, an effort known as the Good Research Practices Survey.
The survey was to provide high level insights into the general level of preparedness, and identify specific areas of opportunity for additional training and development.
To the end, GBSI developed a 25 question survey covering five core subjects deemed critical to research fidelity: Study Design, Preparation & Staging, Data Management & Analysis, and Experiment Execution and Reporting Results. The survey was distributed to PIs and researchers across the country, with high levels of engagement. In total, more than 1,000 individuals participated in the survey, across a wide range of academic backgrounds and experience levels.
The survey highlighted a number of key insights into the current state and training needs of the preclinical research arena, specifically around three areas: Prioritization of Training Needs, Impact of Experience, and Impact of Educational Background.