National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
In 2011, a study found that scientists from racial minority groups are awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at significantly lower rates than their white counterparts. Furthermore, evidence shows that individuals from historically marginalized groups are disproportionately underrepresented at all levels of the biomedical workforce, from undergraduate students to faculty members.
To address the lack of diversity in the biomedical research workforce, the NIH launched a broad, trans-institutional strategy in 2014, including the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC). The DPC is funded by the NIH Common Fund and managed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). For NIH definitions of underrepresented populations in the U.S. biomedical research enterprise, see NOT-OD-18-210 and NOT-OD-15-089.
The overarching goal of the DPC is to develop, implement, assess, and disseminate innovative and effective approaches to engaging, training, and mentoring students; enhancing faculty development; and strengthening institutional research training infrastructure to enhance the participation and persistence of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers.
Our resources include mentor certification, professional development webinars, a social networking platform called MyNRMN, and facilitator certification through the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)
In Phase 1, we developed and implemented mentor training, mentee training, and facilitator training. These continue to be offered through CIMER, our partners, and virtually through MyMentor, our own guided virtual mentorship platform.