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Building an Inclusive Research Workforce: COSWD’s Midterm Progress Report

June 12, 2024

NIH is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in its operations, workforce, and research. In line with this commitment, I am delighted to announce the COSWD Progress Report for Fiscal Years 2022–2024. The report marks a significant milestone in…

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EARA: Dr. Marie Bernard Talks with NIGMS Director Dr. Jon Lorsch

June 06, 2024

The COSWD team embraces the idea that great minds think differently. I believe the same can be said for colleges and universities.

This is one reason why I am excited about the Engagement and Access for Research-Active Institutions (EARA) initiative.

Through this new initiative…

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Register Today: Seminar on How Institutions Foster Cultures of Inclusive Excellence

May 16, 2024

I invite you to join me for our Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event, “How Are Institutions Transformed to Foster Cultures of Inclusive Excellence?” on Thursday, June 20, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET. Registration is now open for this virtual seminar, which will feature…

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How EARA Seeks to Engage Research-Active Institutions

April 24, 2024

The NIH Engagement and Access for Research-Active Institutions (EARA) initiative is a collaborative endeavor to broaden the participation of Research-Active Institutions (RAIs) in the NIH funding ecosystem. EARA is tied to NIH’s goal to facilitate access to its resources to ensure…

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The Power of Why: Women’s History Month. Dr. Marie Bernard Talks with Dr. Janine Clayton

March 13, 2024

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and look back at pioneers, I reached out to a current pioneer in women’s health: my colleague Janine Clayton, M.D., Director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

She shared why it is crucial for women to be leaders in…

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Join Us for a Seminar on Team Science and Diversity

February 14, 2024

Our next Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event, “How Does Diversity Impact Innovation in Team Science?” will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. I encourage you to secure your spot for this enriching discussion by registering today…

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Black History Month: Dr. Marie Bernard Talks with Dr. Manu Platt

February 07, 2024

This Black History Month, we reached out to a nationally recognized voice in advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM. He’s also a leader at NIH’s National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

Manu Platt, Ph.D., is Director of NIBIB’s Center for Biomedical…

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Announcing the NIH DEIA Prize Competition Awardees

January 31, 2024

I am delighted to announce the 10 recipients of the NIH Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize. 

Each of the winning institutions will receive a $100,000 prize from NIH for demonstrating…

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What Would Dr. King Say? Fostering an Inclusive Biomedical and Behavioral Research Environment

January 17, 2024

What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say? It's a good question to ask any time of year, especially this month. We will never know for sure, but he left a legacy of words that can give us clues—and inspiration.

As our nation celebrates the extraordinary life of Dr. King with a federal…

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If Change is the Law of Life, What’s Been and What’s Next?

January 10, 2024


President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

The start of a year is an opportune time to reflect on past changes and look ahead to new ones. In this spirit, I am pleased to…

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