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2021

Perspectives on the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with Dr. Janine Austin Clayton

April 21, 2021

In this week’s blog post, we are happy to introduce Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO, director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and co-chair (along with NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.) of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers (WgWBC). She has…

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Applications Open! Jump Start Your Career with the Virtual 2021 Future Research Leaders Conference

April 15, 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) office are pleased to announce the 2021 Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC), an excellent career development opportunity for talented, early-career scientists interested in pursuing careers at NIH’s world-…

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce – Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey

March 25, 2021

One year later, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our individual lives and communities. We have observed disproportionate effects observed in underserved populations, leaving them vulnerable to higher infection and mortality risk. These effects have led to an increased reliance on…

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The UNITE Initiative: Charging Forward on the Road to Racial Equity in the Biomedical Workforce

March 01, 2021

Several important events in 2020 highlighted the nation’s struggle with racial injustice and brought a new focus on structural racism within science and medicine. For many, including myself as acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), this topic has been a concern and…

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Commemorating Black History Month at NIH: A Tribute to Dr. Geraldine Woods

February 18, 2021

Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is an opportunity to look at past accomplishments. The NIH has been a leader in supporting science and technology, with that mission fostered by several prominent African American/Black trailblazers. Just within the 21st century…

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Perspectives on the NIH Independent Research Scholar Program with Dr. Charles Dearolf

February 09, 2021

For this week’s blog post, we are happy to introduce Dr. Charles Dearolf, who is the Director of Program Development and Support at NIH’s Office of Intramural Research (OIR). He has been a member of the OIR senior leadership team since 2008. His primary responsibilities are to facilitate NIH-…

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Navigating the NIH Grant Application Process

January 19, 2021

The NIH encourages and supports applications for grants and funding by all members of the biomedical research community. Given the gap in funding between scientists from underrepresented groups (URGs) compared to well-represented groups, closing this gap continues to be a priority. The…

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2020

Barriers to Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in the Scientific Workforce

December 16, 2020

On December 3rd of this year, the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed. As we continue to strive to establish a culture of inclusive excellence in the scientific workforce, it is important that we consider the unique situation faced by those with…

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Support for Inclusive Excellence Through Cohort Hiring: Funding Opportunities Released

December 08, 2020

Today the NIH released two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) as part of the NIH Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program. The FIRST program, which was developed, in part, through the efforts and vision of the SWD office, and…

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The Importance of Science Identity for Inclusion

December 04, 2020

While categorizations of race, class, and gender may influence individuals’ self-perceptions, recent work has focused on a more nuanced view of identity, suggesting the activities individuals engage in may also be influential. When someone participates in certain activities, they may start to…

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