This program, to be launched and piloted through the NIH Common Fund, is intended to support transformative and innovative approaches to unify and strengthen institutions and faculty dedicated to the recruitment and retention of diverse scientists. The long-term goal of this program is to catalyze a systematic culture change in the biomedical research training environment to have a broad impact on scientists from underrepresented backgrounds.
According to the website:
NIH is planning a series of interactive sessions to allow potential applicants and other interested parties to network and exchange ideas about innovative and transformative approaches to address the goals of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program. NIH staff and session participants will explore 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. Additional meeting information will be provided as it becomes available.
The NIH is planning the following sessions:
Saturday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm: Arlington, VA (in association with the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Annual Meeting)
Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-4:00pm: Nashville, TN (in association with the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
There is no fee for attendees but pre-registration is requested; for more information and to register, please visit: http://commonfund.nih.gov/meetings/diversity/about.aspx. Please note, you do NOT need to be registered to attend associated meetings in order to participate in the NIH sessions.