[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 165 (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50921-50922]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20268]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health


Proposed Collection; 60-day Comment Request; Outcome Evaluation 
of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment 
on proposed data collection projects, the Office of Strategic 
Coordination (OSC), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and 
Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director (OD), the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH), will publish periodic summaries of 
proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
    Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected 
agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) 
Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    To Submit Comments and For Further Information: To obtain a copy of 
the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, 
or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Dr. 
Patricia Labosky, Office of Strategic Coordination, Division of Program 
Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the 
Director, NIH, 1 Center Drive, MSC 0189, Building 1, Room 214A, 
Bethesda, MD 20892-0189; or call 301-594-4863; or email your request, 
including your address to: Workforce_Award@mail.nih.gov. Formal 
requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in 
writing.

DATES: Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days 
of the date of this publication.
    Proposed Collection: Outcome Evaluation of the Broadening 
Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program, 0925-New, Office of 
Strategic Coordination, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and 
Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, National Institutes of 
Health (NIH).
    Need and Use of Information Collection: The goal of the BEST 
program is to complement and broaden both doctoral and postdoctoral 
traditional training experiences. The evaluation study will assess 
three desired outcomes of the BEST Program: (1) Changes in 
understanding of career opportunities, confidence to make career 
decisions, and attitudes towards career opportunities; (2) reduction in 
time desired, not training, nonterminal career opportunities, and 
reduction in time in postdoctoral positions; (3) creation/further 
development of institutional infrastructure to continue BEST-like 
activities. The findings will be used to (1) inform the NIH Director, 
the BEST program staff, and the biomedical training community on the 
outcomes of the program; and (2) disseminate best practices across 
biomedical training programs and the research community.
    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to 
respondents other than their time. The estimated annualized burden 
hours are 16,502.

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                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                                                                  Average burden
               Type of respondents                   Number of     Frequency of    per response     Annual hour
                                                    respondents      response       (in hours)        burden
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Graduate Student--Entrance Survey (online                  5,901               1           45/60           4,426
 survey)........................................
Graduate Student--Interim Survey (online survey)          14,753               1           20/60           4,918
Graduate Student--Graduation Survey (online                3,934               1           20/60           1,311
 survey)........................................
Graduate Student--Post-graduation 2-year Follow-           3,934               1           20/60           1,311
 up Survey (online survey)......................
Postdoctoral Scientist--Entrance Survey (online            3,777               1           45/60           2,833
 survey)........................................
Postdoctoral Scientist--Exit Survey (online                2,518               1           20/60             839
 survey)........................................
Postdoctoral Scientist--Post-exit 2-year Follow-           2,518               1           20/60             839
 up Survey (online survey)......................
Principal Investigators--Annual Interview                     25               1               1              25
 (phone--end of each year of award )............
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    Dated: August 20, 2014.
Lawrence A. Tabak,
Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-20268 Filed 8-25-14; 8:45 am]
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