NIH selects first scholars in pioneering program to enhance diversity within Intramural Research Program

Thirteen researchers have been selected for the inaugural class of the National Institutes of Health’s Distinguished Scholars Program (DSP). The NIH-wide pilot program is designed to build diversity within the NIH Intramural Research Program, comprised of NIH scientists, by facilitating hiring and career progression of tenure-track investigators who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the biomedical research workforce. In addition to funding, scholars will receive mentorship from senior NIH scientific leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities.

“Nurturing diversity in the NIH Intramural Research Program is paramount to upholding our mission,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins M.D., Ph.D. “Research has shown that a diversity of perspectives is vital to the improved quality and number of discoveries in biomedical research. We are confident the Distinguished Scholars Program will serve as a model for universities to enhance faculty diversity and eliminate the attrition of underrepresented groups, including women, in the transition from training to independent careers.”

NIH launched DSP in early 2018 to enhance the recruitment and success of scientists committed to greater inclusion of groups underrepresented in biomedical research. Underrepresented groups include but are not limited to women, Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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