A primary driver of increasing research expenditures is labor costs.
Many factors are putting upward pressure on labor-related research costs, including (but not limited to):
- The increased cost of recruitment packages offered to attract lead researchers in a competitive market;
- The cost of funding research time for tenured faculty who are no longer generating new grant funding;
- The cost of providing bridge funding for junior faculty struggling to find grant funding in an increasingly competitive market.
As fiscal pressures on the research mission have increased, academic health center leaders are looking to improve efficiency by considering alternate employment paradigms, including the pros and cons of changing funding support for tenured faculty or filling vacant positions with contract faculty researchers rather than tenure-track faculty.
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