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Funding Opportunity: Addressing Structural Racism and Discrimination
Informational Webinar for PAR-21-269
NIGMS has long encouraged the use of evidence-informed practices to improve research education, training, and career development. The Institute recognizes that there is need for more hypothesis-driven research to test biomedical training, mentoring and networking interventions for efficacy and replicability across career stages and at a range of institution types.
The goal of the ’Research on Interventions’ research program is to support research to test interventions to enhance research-oriented individuals' interest, motivation, persistence, and preparedness for careers in the biomedical research workforce. Funded projects are expected to produce research findings that will guide the implementation of interventions in a variety of academic settings and career levels to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.
NIGMS strives to ensure that future generations of researchers will be drawn from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, interests, and experiences to address complex scientific problems. Accordingly, NIGMS encourages applications designed to understand and inform interventions that promote the research careers of individuals from underrepresented groups (see
NIH’s Interest in Diversity).
Applications describing a variety of research areas are encouraged. Examples include training, networking and mentoring, psychosocial factors, navigation of critical transition points, institutional factors that influence persistence, harassment, and structural racism and discrimination.
Other possible areas of research are described in two Notices of Special Interest (NOSI).
NOT-GM-21-033 informs applicants of potential topic areas to address the impacts of structural racism and discrimination on biomedical career progression and the biomedical research enterprise.
NOT-OD-21-150 informs potential applicants of the NIH’s interest in supporting research on interventions designed to change the culture to mitigate or eliminate sexual harassment in the biomedical research enterprise.
For applicants interested in science and innovation policy as it relates to interventions, NIGMS and the NSF jointly support the Science of Science Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SoS:Bio) Program. For those interested, please visit the program
Investigators interested in addressing these objectives may apply in response to
PAR-21-269, Research on Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Individuals in the Biomedical Research Enterprise (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This research may also be supported by the
Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) R35 grant, which will support both established investigators and early stage investigators.
All potential applicants are highly encouraged to contact the Research on Interventions Program Officers for feedback on appropriateness far in advance of submitting an application.
For additional information, please contact
Drs. Shakira Nelson and
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