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Research Project Grant Funding Rates and Principal Investigator Race and Ethnicity

June 15, 2022

NIH has long collected self-designated demographic information on scientists designated as Principal Investigators (PIs) or Key Personnel and used this information to gain insights into the NIH-supported biomedical research workforce. Just over 10 years ago, Ginther and colleagues used these…

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Ensuring Equity in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

June 08, 2022

This week, I am pleased to introduce Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS).

Dr. Gregurick coordinates and oversees the NIH-wide strategic vision for data science. She was instrumental in creating ODSS…

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Congress Strengthens NIH’s Ability to Address Harassment in NIH-Funded Activities

May 11, 2022

Today's post was first published on the NIH Open Mike blog and co-authored by Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research. We discuss the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, signed into law by Congress on March 15, which strengthens anti-harassment reporting requirements…

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Requesting Your Input on the Development of a DEIA Prize Competition

May 03, 2022

The NIH is currently seeking your suggestions and guidance on the development and implementation of a prize competition to reward and promote inclusive excellence. This outreach, led by the COSWD team, is an outcome of the NIH UNITE initiative, which was established to identify and address…

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Registration Now Open for “How Does Diversity Impact Science?”

April 27, 2022

I invite you to join me for our next online seminar, “How Does Diversity Impact Science?,” on Tuesday, May 17, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET. Registration is now open, and I urge you to share this event with your colleagues and networks, as it is open to all NIH staff and the broader scientific…

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Introducing the Inaugural NIH 21st Century Scholars Program Cohort

April 15, 2022

Today, I am pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of the NIH 21st Century Scholars Program—a new COSWD-sponsored initiative to promote awareness of the science of scientific workforce diversity. Six mentors and 13 cohort engagement participants were selected from the NIH scientific staff who…

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COSWD Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022–2026 Now Available

April 06, 2022

I am pleased to present the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022–2026. It outlines a bold vision for our future efforts and renews our charge to lead the science of scientific workforce diversity, using evidence-based approaches to…

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Supporting and Promoting Women in Science: Actionable Strategies from the NIH

March 29, 2022

The scientific enterprise must redouble efforts to address its lack of gender diversity and foster a culture of inclusive excellence where women scientists are not marginalized, diminished, or harassed in any setting.

So concludes a March 2022 Nature Communications article I co-authored…

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How Virtual Convenings Can Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

February 24, 2022

In the COSWD Office, we continually explore ways to foster inclusive excellence in the biomedical research enterprise. As such, I have decided to hold all COSWD seminars, conferences, and meetings entirely online throughout 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic-induced shift to online events has led…

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New NIH Administrative Supplements Available to Support Diversity Mentorship

February 09, 2022

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new NIH administrative supplement that recognizes the crucial role outstanding mentors play in fostering future leaders in the biomedical research enterprise.

Qualified investigators can now submit proposals in response to the Chief Officer…

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