About the Coalition
Over the past two decades, countless reports have called on universities and research institutions to collect and make easily available information on training outcomes for their life science students and postdoctoral researchers. These calls emerge from a widespread concern that trainees do not have information on the full range of research careers in and out of academia, that institutions are not providing trainees with the training or skills for this diversity of careers, and that this is leading to hyper-competition for tenure-track positions and prolonged periods in postdoctoral research without opportunity for advancement that is harmful to the incoming generation of scientists, and the science they will produce. In December 2017, nine research universities and a major cancer institute – announced that they would join together to commit to a number of steps to improve transparency and trainee outcomes in the life sciences. Since then, membership has more than doubled.