Through a variety of programs, NRMN is developing a national network of mentors and mentees from all biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. These provide mentorship, professional development, mentor/mentee training and networking opportunities to individuals from the undergraduate to early career faculty levels. NRMN established a nationwide resource composed of five regional hubs that provide support for mentors and mentees in both urban and rural settings. The regions are: Northeast/Mid-Atlantic/Islands, Southeast/Deep South, Midwest, South and West/Great Plains.
NRMN’s programming includes an active schedule of online webinars, mentor training sessions, professional networking opportunities and seminars. Visit their website to look for upcoming events, and follow them on social media @NRMNet.
In FY 2014, one NRMN award was issued, which includes five core partner institutions:
- Administrative Core (Thomas Chiles, Boston College): Manages the organizational and committee structures of NRMN to ensure growth, sustainability and the success of the objectives set forth by the Diversity Program Consortium. The Administrative Core also administers the supplement and pilot project award program .
- Mentorship and Networking Core (Jamboor Vishwanatha, University of North Texas Health Science Center): Develops an in-person and online network of mentors and mentees to increase the number of scientists from diverse backgrounds in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research careers. This core oversees the development and management of the website as an online resource for mentorship, networking and professional development. To work toward these goals, NRMN has developed MyNRMN , a guided virtual mentorships program , and career development webinars.
- Mentor Training Core (Christine Pfund, University of Wisconsin-Madison): Serves as a national hub to prepare mentors and mentees in biomedical research through training, both in-person and online. This core establishes and maintains standards and metrics to achieve effective, culturally responsive mentoring relationships.
It holds face-to-face and synchronous and asynchronous online training courses for mentors and mentees across the country as well as train-the-trainer workshops.
- Professional Development Core (Kolawole Okuyemi, University of Minnesota): Addresses the unmet need for more diversity in the biomedical research workforce by creating and nationally disseminating transformative, high impact professional development programs to support mentees from diverse backgrounds.
The Core currently operates four coaching groups for grant writing and professional development at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, University of North Texas Health Science Center and University of Colorado/Washington State University. The grant writing programs cover topics including preparing grant submissions, accelerating success in obtaining grant funding and the basics of proposals.
- Research Resources and Outreach Core (Elizabeth Ofili, Morehouse School of Medicine): Leverages the existing research infrastructure of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program and engages the leadership of RCMI and partnering Clinical and Translational Science Awards to sustain interest from scholars and cultivate master trainers.
To accomplish the national scope of the this initiative, NRMN actively collaborates with over 100 scientific and professional society partners, health-serving organizations and organizations that support students underrepresented in biomedical science. Learn more about NRMN’s partners .
To enhance the scope and reach of the NRMN network, seven supplement awards and five pilot project awards were awarded from the Administrative Core in 2015.
For more information about NRMN, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, December 19, 2013 (RFA-RM-13-016), or contact Dr. Mercedes Rubio at 301-594-3900.
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Cores, Supplements and Pilot Awards