NIH offers programs to enhance the scientific workforce by supporting students and researchers at colleges, universities, and research institutions across the country. Additionally, there are programs designed to bring students and researchers to NIH to conduct research.
The NIH Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC) is a career development event for early-career scientists from diverse backgrounds. Event participants learn about NIH opportunities that support a career in biomedical and behavioral research.
We developed implicit-bias education modules and uses these modules for presentations and workshops that explain the concept of implicit bias and present scientific evidence of how such bias may affect judgements and decision-making in scientific contexts. The educational modules also provide evidence-based strategies to reduce the influence of implicit bias. Our office also evaluates the effectiveness of the implicit-bias education modules we offer to NIH groups. Please contact COSWD@nih.gov if you would like to learn more about this education effort or to schedule an event for your office/IC.
The Diversity Catalyst program aims to engage NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) with the Scientific Workforce Diversity office to develop and pilot new approaches to enhancing diversity throughout NIH.
The Catalysts are individuals nominated by IC leadership who are developing innovative approaches to promote diversity at NIH. Currently, various pilot projects are underway. Once completed, these pilots will be evaluated, and successful approaches will be applied across NIH.
Identifying diverse talent, whether at the senior/leadership level or at the early-career level, depends upon conducting a systematic approach, extending beyond personal/professional networks which may provide limited diversity of individuals. This recruitment search protocol provides a general strategy to i) find top authors in a particular scientific field as well as ii) how to vet scientists in a holistic manner. We have used this protocol to identify highly qualified scientists from diverse backgrounds as potential candidates for NIH scientific positions at NIH. This search protocol is being used by NIH leadership and search committees to help increase the diversity of the NIH applicant pool. The protocol gathers bibliometric and other qualitative data from highly qualified scientists from diverse backgrounds working in various scientific fields.
Questions? Contact SWDToolkit@od.nih.gov
The ACD provides guidance about NIH mission-relevant responsibilities, including providing recommendations on program development, resource allocation, and NIH policy. The ACD Biomedical Workforce Task Force and Working Group on Diversity promote the goal of achieving diversity and inclusion at NIH.
OITE provides scientific and professional skills training for intramural and extramural scientists at all levels, including high school and college students, recent graduates, graduate students, professional students, postdoctoral/clinical fellows, investigators, and staff. OITE also supports workforce diversity through its outreach and recruiting efforts.
EDI is NIH’s office for strengthening internal diversity and inclusion. Through its program “EDI 365,” NIH is shaping mindsets and promoting a positive work culture that embraces the talents and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds. Learn more about EDI 365 and take the pledge here.
NIGMS supports programs that foster research training and the development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels.
NIH supports research training and career development programs to help prepare individuals for careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. This site is organized to help target an individual’s educational or career stage for relevant opportunities.
OER supports extramural research (approximately 83 percent of NIH’s $32 billion budget) at the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers that award grants. OER’s Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and its Office of Extramural Programs develops biomedical workforce and training policy and analyses, including funding research and career development programming, workforce diversity, and biomedical labor economics.