Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce


JOIN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY IN THE NIH-FUNDED WORKFORCE!



Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce The NIH Common Fund’s “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program seeks innovative and transformative approaches to student engagement, training, and mentoring. The overarching goal of the program is to recruit talented individuals from all sectors of the population into biomedical research careers and foster their development into independent scientists. NIH encourages potential applicants and other interested parties to network and exchange ideas for novel and creative strategies to engage a diverse student pool in the early phases of biomedical research training, sustain their interest, and enable success at each career phase. To facilitate these conversations, the NIH held two interactive discussion sessions in November. This interactive website provides a forum for interested parties to continue discussions started at those meetings, or begin new conversations about ideas, questions, or issues central to the goals of this program. This forum is NOT for submitting programmatic questions to the NIH. For programmatic inquiries, please contact the following NIH staff:
Pamela Thornton, PhD, MSW
National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Phone: 301-402-1366
Email: pamela.thornton@nih.gov

Before joining the conversation, we suggest you take a moment to review the following resources, so that you may better understand the background, purpose, and goals of this program, as well as the use of this website.

If you need assistance with this website, please email NIHDiversityMeeting@mail.nih.gov



Enhancing Diversity in the NIH-Funded Workforce Program Discussion Forum

NIH encourages potential applicants and other interested parties to network and exchange ideas for innovative and creative strategies to engage a diverse student pool in the early phases of biomedical research training, sustain their interest, and enable success at each career phase. These discussions will focus on four key topics:




STUDENT ENGAGEMENT



What factors influence student decisions to engage in, or not to engage in, biomedical research training, and how can these factors be addressed?
 

SUSTAINING INTEREST IN RESEARCH


How can initial interest in research be sustained so that the biomedical research career pipeline retains highly talented students?
 

MENTORING




How can mentoring help to engage students, sustain their interests, and prepare them for research careers? What novel mentoring strategies might be developed?
 

INNOVATION IN RESEARCH TRAINING


What new types of curricula or laboratory experiences may need to be developed to diminish the exodus of highly talented students from the biomedical research training pathway? How can training be enhanced to ensure students are fully prepared for success in biomedical research careers?


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