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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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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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Moving Forward: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

November 17, 2020

Moving Forward: Goals and Approaches for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond a direct health effect and can impact individuals at both personal and institutional levels. As we’ve discussed, these changes can…

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The Personal Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

November 10, 2020

While we last looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted institutional policies, this post will focus on the effect the pandemic has had on individuals in the U.S. biomedical workforce. The burden placed on individuals from underrepresented groups (URGs) is not equal, and ranges from…

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The Institutional Impact of COVID-19 on the Biomedical Workforce

November 03, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a substantial and likely enduring impact on the U.S. biomedical workforce and forced institutional-wide changes. But the effects are likely not shared equally. Underrepresented groups (URGs) face the potential for a disproportionate impact on all parts of their…

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A Case for Diversity Driven by Data

October 27, 2020

A diverse workforce is an essential component of any successful enterprise that thrives on innovation. However, merely being aware of the need for diversity, or just having an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy, is not enough to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce…

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A New Chapter: Dr. Marie A. Bernard’s Vision for Scientific Workforce Diversity

October 20, 2020

On October 1, 2020, I assumed the role of acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I am deeply honored to continue and expand upon the work of my predecessor, Hannah A. Valantine, MD. Dr. Valantine was profoundly committed to…

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