As one component of a broad, trans-NIH strategy to address the need to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce, the Common Fund has established the “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. This program is envisioned as a national collaborative through which awardees institutions, in partnership with the NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to improve institutional capacity to engage individuals from diverse backgrounds and help them prepare for and succeed in biomedical research careers. It provides the opportunity for transformation of the biomedical research workforce through institution-wide and eventually nationwide implementation of successful training and mentoring strategies. The overarching goal is to enhance the NIH mission through a more diverse and robust workforce, attracting talented individuals from all population sectors.
NEW! BUILD and NRMN Planning Grant Awards Announced!
The NIH has announced the first awards for the “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. These awards are planning grants for the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) initiatives. To read more about these awards, please visit the Funded Research page.
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In the News.....
- Biomedical Research: Strength in Diversity (in Science)
- NIH Press Release:
- Rock Talk blog:
- Francis Collins: Changes at the NIH (in Nature)
- NIH tackles major workforce issues (in Nature)
- NIH launches effort to boost diversity (in Science)
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Scientific American's new Voices blog, which is dedicated to issues of diversity in science, has posted a new entry discussing what diversity in STEM is - and isn't- and why it matters to all scientists.
Rock Talk blog post on mentoring!
On June 6, 2014, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Dr. Sally Rockey posted a new "Rock Talk" blog entry on the importance of mentoring. In this post, she discusses how mentorship is necessary to both individual career success as well as the future of the biomedical research enterprise as a whole, and describes the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) as one NIH effort to enhance mentorship.
Read the Rock Talk blog post here.
The NIH has launched an online discussion forum to stimulate conversations about novel and creative strategies needed to engage a diverse student pool in the early phases of biomedical research training, sustain their interest, and enable success at each career phase.
Join the conversation here!