NIH updates diversity statement

On Jan. 12, 2015, the NIH released an announcement that provides an updated diversity statement, describing the institutes’s interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. The statement provides recent data (updated in 2014) on underrepresented populations in the U.S. biomedical research community and encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations.

The statement highlighted the under-representation of women at senior faculty levels in biomedical-relevant disciplines. A new provision was also included that allows for institutes to include women as eligible candidates in faculty-level diversity-targeted programs that provide structured opportunities for advancement (i.e. Diversity Supplement).

This notice was effective on its release date; however, existing funding opportunity announcements (FOA) with diversity statement language will continue to use existing language for the duration of the FOA.

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