As the US population becomes increasingly diverse, reflection of that diversity among the biomedical research workforce is
vital to our science enterprise and the NIH research mission. There are compelling reasons to promote a diverse workforce
and increase participation by underrepresented groups. Advancing diversity through NINDS individual and institutional programs
is expected to produce a number of tangible and overlapping benefits:
- The recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups;
- An improvement in the quality of the educational training environment;
- A balanced perspective in setting research priorities;
- An improved capacity to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols;
- An improved capacity to address health disparities.
|NINDS Diversity Programs
The NINDS supports diverse individuals through general training programs as well as with targeted efforts to increase the
number of scientists from diverse population groups who are prepared to pursue careers in neuroscience research. These funding opportunities include: fellowships for graduate students, funds added to an existing grant for mentoring individuals across high school
to faculty stage (diversity supplements), institutional research education awards to enhance professional development and
career advancement of diverse researchers and career development awards to assist transition to independent research careers.
Michelle Jones-London, PhD
The NINDS promotes diversity in the neuroscience community through programs to develop and enhance research infrastructure
and capacity at institutions serving underrepresented groups
. Funding opportunities
include programs that establish faculty and resources for neuroscience research and education programs. Partnerships are
established to enhance the capacity of these institutions to conduct high quality neuroscience research and provide attractive
training and career opportunities for a diverse pool of talented individuals.
Program contact: Courtney Ferrell Aklin, PhD
The NINDS Intramural division supports an annual Summer Internship Program in the Neurological Sciences for academically talented and diverse high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students. The purpose is to provide
students with stimulating and rewarding research experiences and to encourage them to pursue advanced education and future
careers in basic and clinical neuroscience research. NINDS outreach efforts target students from diverse backgrounds for participation
in this program.
Rita Devine, PhD
The NINDS convened an advisory panel to provide recommendations for ways the Institute can maximize the impact of its efforts
to increase diversity in the neuroscience workforce. Recommendations in the final report from the Workforce Diversity Strategic Planning Advisory Panel will help NINDS continue its dedication to developing effective programs to promote and maintain diversity in the neuroscience
Programs to enhance diversity focus on underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals
from disadvantaged backgrounds, and institutions primarily serving underrepresented groups (See the Definitions)