The Diversity Program Consortium*
As one component of a broad, trans-NIH strategy to address the need to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce, the National Institutes of Health Common Fund has established the “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. This program is a national collaborative through which the Diversity Program Consortium, in partnership with the NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to research training and mentoring, with the goal of engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds and helping them prepare for and succeed in biomedical research careers. It provides the opportunity for transformation of the biomedical research workforce through institution-wide and eventually nationwide implementation of successful trainingand mentoring strategies. The long-term goal is to enhance the NIH mission through a more diverse and robust workforce, attracting talented individuals from all population sectors.
Components of the Consortium: NRMN, BUILD and the CEC
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).