Funding Opportunity: Support for Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Conferences


NIGMS has long recognized the need for more hypothesis-driven research to test biomedical training, mentoring, and networking interventions to improve efficacy and replicability across career stages and at a range of institution types (learn more from our research on interventions program webpage). The Institute has also encouraged the use of evidence-informed practices to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of research education, training, and career development in its research training programs. An important element of our programs is the dissemination of the research findings to the biomedical and research training communities. We’re pleased to announce a new notice of special interest (NOSI) (NOT-GM-23-028) requesting applications for conferences focusing on evidence-informed interventions to enhance training, workforce development, and diversity in the biomedical research enterprise.

As examples, conferences may support such interventions by:

  • Offering opportunities to foster cross-institutional collaborations through learning and networking and to advance evidence-informed practices in the management and administration of NIGMS training programs
  • Bringing together a community to discuss innovations in theoretical paradigms, methodologies, tools, and approaches that have practical implications in the design of programs that intervene to improve student, trainee, faculty, administrator, and institutional climate and outcomes
  • Convening individuals who are at the forefront of 1) the development, administration, and implementation of research training, mentor training, leadership development, and career transition efforts, and 2) institutional climate transformations
  • Highlighting interventions that are feasible, adaptable, scalable, sustainable, and can be disseminated to the biomedical research enterprise

The application deadline is April 12.

Applications for this initiative should use PA-21-151, NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed).

The list above is only intended to provide example conferences. We strongly encourage potential applicants to discuss their planned scientific meeting’s purpose, goals, themes, and topics for this NOSI with us; however, discussion doesn’t replace the required permission-to-submit letter. See NIGMS’ Support for Scientific Meetings webpage for additional information.

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact us.

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