Action: Champion and articulate the societal benefits of
a diverse biomedical and behavioral workforce that mirrors the
diversity of the U.S. population.
NIGMS has a long-standing commitment to the precept that our
nation is best served by a biomedical and behavioral research
workforce that is diverse and inclusive. The Institute recognizes
that for our society to benefit from its investment in biomedical
and behavioral research, all segments must be actively involved.
This includes being engaged in the research and in the
establishment of the priorities for which research should be
supported by government funding.
As biomedical research becomes more interdisciplinary and more
of a team endeavor, excellent training will utilize the diversity
in the trainee pool and develop the skills and abilities needed for
working with people of different scientific, social and cultural
backgrounds. Research has shown that diversity in teams fosters
innovation and contributes to greater creativity. Diversity
balances biases, providing alternative perspectives and experiences
for exploring new problems. In these ways, diversity contributes to
the scientific advances that improve our nation’s health and
maintain its global competitiveness.
By its nature, diversity is an institutional rather than an
individual quality. Therefore, NIGMS encourages grantee
institutions to find more effective ways to attract trainees from
diverse backgrounds and develop the talent of all trainees in order
to eliminate the disparities in educational and research training
outcomes currently associated with gender, race/ethnicity or other
factors. Through its support, NIGMS will encourage efforts to
improve the quality of training in skills that enable and utilize
diverse perspectives and expertise. NIGMS will also encourage
institutions to set their own ambitious objectives for achieving
diversity, and it will assess how they are progressing toward
meeting those objectives.