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Program Snapshot

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 a national collaborative through which the Diversity Program Consortium, in partnership with the NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to research training and mentoring, with the goal of engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds and helping 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 long-term goal is to enhance the NIH mission through a more diverse and robust workforce, attracting talented individuals from all population sectors.

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New Opportunity for Students from NHLBI!

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the “Novel, Innovative Tools to Increase Public Awareness and Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Challenge.”  The Challenge seeks to raise awareness about sickle cell disease (SCD) and its associated complications and to improve the use of effective treatments in real world settings. Entries must be submitted by March 7, 2016 11:59 pm PDT.

This Challenge is open to any “Student Team”, defined as a group of 3-5 individuals each of whom is at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s or associates degree. The team must have a mentor who holds a position as a Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, or Teaching Assistant within the same Academic Institution as the Student Team.

For participation information visit the www.challenge.gov  website. Information can also be found on the NHLBI website.



Questions about the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program?

For general program questions, please contact Allison Scott at allison.scott@nih.gov or 301-594-3900.

For questions about BUILD, please contact Pamela Thornton at pamela.thornton@nih.gov or 301-594-3900.

For questions about NRMN, please contact Mercedes Rubio at rubiome@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-3900.  

For questions about CEC, please contact Michael Sesma at msesma@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-3900.

Diversity Program Awardees Announced!

 The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce. Collectively, these awardees will establish a national consortium to develop, implement, and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals to start and stay in biomedical research careers.

To learn more about these awards, please visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/diversity/fundedresearch.

Read the NIH press release.
Read the Rock Talk blog "New NIH Awards to Enhance Diversity in the Scientific Workforce"




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