The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund’s Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program seeks innovative and transformative approaches to student engagement, training and mentoring. The overarching goal of the program is to recruit the best and brightest minds from all sectors of the population into biomedical research careers and foster their development into independent scientists.
To that end, NIH is planning a series of interactive sessions to allow potential applicants for the BUILD, NRMN and CEC initiatives, and other interested parties, to network and exchange ideas. NIH staff and session participants will explore innovative and creative strategies to engage a diverse student pool in the early phases of biomedical research training, sustain their interest, and enable success at each career phase.
The NIH is conducting the following sessions:
- Saturday, November 2, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Arlington, VA (in association with the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Annual Meeting)*
- Friday, November 8, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Sacramento, CA
- Wednesday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Nashville, TN (in association with the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students)*
* Attendees do not have to be registered for the associated meetings in order to participate in the NIH sessions.
There is no fee for attendees but preregistration is requested. For more information and to register visit the NIH website. Additional meeting information will be provided as it becomes available.
For those who cannot join the discussion in person, NIH will offer an online discussion forum in the coming months. Subscribe to their email list to receive updates, or check the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce website for updates.
For information specific to the BUILD, NRMN and CEC initiatives, NIH is also planning a technical webinar to review upcoming funding opportunity announcements once they are published. Watch the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce website for more information and a registration link.