NIH UNITE initiative promotes equity, bold ideas, and new actions

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To foster diversity and coalesce DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility) efforts of all its institutes and centers, NIH established the UNITE Initiative.

UNITE acts as a think tank to promote equity, generate bold ideas, and catalyze new actions. Collectively, it identifies and addresses any structural racism that may exist within the NIH and throughout the biomedical and behavioral workforce. UNITE facilitates activities to identify opportunities, make recommendations, and develop and implement strategies to spur widescale, systematic change.

In keeping with UNITE's focus of promoting workforce diversity by changing policy, culture, and structure, the NIH Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition (NIH DEIA Prize Competition) is awarding $1 million to recognize inclusive excellence at academic institutions across the U.S.

The longstanding NIH investment in research training to enhance workforce diversity builds a diverse pool of biomedical, behavioral, and social science doctoral recipients.

While there is a notable increase in scientists from underrepresented groups with doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM), disparities in the workforce remain.

Institutions must register for the NIH DEIA Prize Competition by September 12, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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