The purpose of the Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent (See Section III) for protected time to devote effort to basic, epidemiological or outcomes research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Candidates for this award should have independent, peer-reviewed, research support at the time of award and possess a demonstrated record of mentoring individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The candidate's research should demonstrate a sustained level of research productivity in the research areas supported by the NIDDK. The long-term objective of this funding opportunity is to provide mentors with protected time to enhance mentoring opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, thereby ensuring the availibility of a pool of scientists from diverse backgrounds to facilitate research within the mission areas of the NIDDK.
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