NIH Launches Portal on Diversity in Research

November 23, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nih-logo-blue“Diversity enhances scientific discovery.” That’s the key message that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is promoting on its new portal on diversity in the scientific research workforce. NIH emphasizes that “promoting a diverse and robust scientific workforce is critical to advancing NIH-funded scientific discovery and research in support of human health.”

For example, NIH states, students from diverse groups offer new perspectives and raise new questions. Institutional policies fostering diversity increase the cognitive development, satisfaction and leadership abilities of all students; and students who interact with diverse peers in and out of the classroom show increased critical thinking, intellectual engagement and growth in academic skills.

In January 2015, NIH published a notice of interest in diversity. This notice explained that innovation and discovery are enhanced by including individuals from groups that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Underrepresented groups include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (at the undergraduate level and below). Upon review of National Science Foundation data, NIH may also consider women at senior career levels in academia to be underrepresented.

So what is included in the new portal? It focuses on four main areas: (1) background on NIH initiatives in support of scientific workforce diversity; (2) resources for scientific leadership and faculty members to use to further diversity in their programs; (3) resources for investigators and trainees to develop their careers, find training and mentorship, and learn about others’ careers through personal stories and video interviews; and (4) reports and data on diversity in the NIH-supported workforce, and in the broader research workforce.

Researcher awardees may find this new portal of great interest. Check it out and see what there is to learn.

Let us know how you feel about diversity in research. We’d love to hear from you.


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