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During the second phase of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) initiative, researchers are continuing to develop mentoring and networking opportunities for biomedical researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, from the undergraduate level through early career faculty. To broaden the number of innovative strategies explored and increase the likelihood of impact, sustainability, and dissemination, NRMN Phase II will be organized as a consortium of independent research projects, with a Coordination Center and a Resource Center.

The NRMN Coordination Center will play two main roles in NRMN Phase II: to coordinate and support the early stages of data collection from the 11 NRMN Science of Mentoring interventions and to promote synergies between the NRMN consortium and the CEC for the long-term collection and storage of data.

The 11 robust experimental projects of the NRMN Phase II Science of Mentoring, Networking, and Navigating Career Transition Points are intended to expand the scientific scope of the NRMN initiative. Each explores a variety of evidence-based mentoring and networking approaches to advance careers of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups in the biomedical research workforce.

The NRMN Resource Center provides a web-based mentoring tool to facilitate mentor-mentee engagement and networking and oversees management of the NRMN website, reports on outputs from NRMN components and will create a platform for publicly available mentoring resources and tools. The Resource Center team brings together uniquely qualified biomedical and information technology professionals with unmatched expertise and experience in developing, implementing, and testing interventions aimed at improving mentorship and networking among diverse mentees across a wide range of career stages, disciplines and venues.