The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming.
NRMN’s program models emphasize the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The Goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.
Substantial evidence exists indicating that individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds are disproportionately under-represented in all levels of the biomedical workforce, from the undergraduate level to the professorial.
Despite several decades of efforts to increase the proportion of individuals from these under-represented groups in the biomedical workforce in the U.S., the issue of their under-representation remains. By the time scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds (whether by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or disability) have both demonstrated that they are curious about science and attained some proficiency at the systematic inquiry essential for a career in academic health sciences, they have overcome many barriers yet still carry the burdens of disadvantage and discrimination.
At NRMN we believe that evidence suggests that a comprehensive, nationwide mentoring initiative can affect change by:
- Assembling professionals across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, able-ism and geography, with demonstrated expertise and acknowledged leadership in culturally responsive mentoring, networking, mentor training and professional development activities.
- Building the capacity for nationwide access to tested models for mentor training, mentoring and professional development through networking, workshops, online resources and video training.
NRMN Aims to utilize structured mentorship and networking experiences to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds, communities, and cultures who are pursuing biomedical and behavioral research careers.
NRMN links highly knowledgeable and skilled mentors from various disciplines with talented, motivated and diverse mentees from the undergraduate to early career faculty level. NRMN will employ and disseminate innovative best practices for mentorship training, unique opportunities for networking and professional development intended to facilitate the attainment of hallmarks of successful research career progression for mentees at each career stage.
Who can get involved?
- Undergraduate Students
- Graduate Students
- Non-Faculty Researchers
- Program Directors
- Disciplinary, Professional & Institutional Leaders
By facilitating long-term, culturally responsive interactions among mentees and mentors, NRMN is working to help address the “Grant Gap” by establishing a sustainable process whereby diverse mentees successfully progress in their research careers, becoming the effective mentors, scientific leaders and research team members of tomorrow.
The Diversity Consortium*
NRMN, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) are the three highly integrated members of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium. The Consortium is a national collaborative that develops, implements, and determines the effectiveness of innovative approaches to strengthen institutional capacity to sustain mentor-mentee relationships.
*For more specifics about the National Institutes of Health’s commitment to diversity, review the NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-053) and Racial and Ethnic Categories and Definitions for NIH Diversity Programs (Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-089).