We’re pleased to announce a new notice of special interest (NOSI) calling for applications developing training modules for creating safe, inclusive, and supportive research environments (NOT-GM-20-047). The proposed modules should impact individuals from a broad range of scientific disciplines and career stages and cover material not typically taught as part of current institutional coursework. The modules can take many different formats and approaches and should be timely, informative, engaging, easily accessible, and free to everyone. Applications must address how the modules will catalyze either of the following:
- Changes in scientific, clinical, and research training environments such that they are optimized for productive learning and research—free from harassment, intimidation, and discrimination—where everyone participating feels safe and is treated in a respectful and supportive manner.
- A strong culture of physical, chemical, and biological safety in scientific, clinical, and research training environments. Specifically, environments in which physical, chemical, and biological safety is prioritized and the core values and behaviors of leadership and the research and training communities emphasize safety over competing goals.
Applications must specify the skills and knowledge that will be gained by the audience and how the module will help them address the structures and ways of thinking that are barriers to success. The application deadline is June 18, 2021.
As indicated in the NOSI, these are the only topics that will be considered for funding this year under the Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training funding opportunity announcement (FOA). More details can be found in the FOA and in the associated NOSI. Stay tuned for future topics of interest to NIGMS for subsequent due dates. To view previously funded modules on topics for enhancing rigor, transparency, and reproducibility, visit the NIGMS clearinghouse.
If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Patrick H. Brown.