The National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have listed a new funding opportunity: "Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Diversity Action Plan". This NOFO is part of the NIH Research Education Program's goal to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.
An overarching goal of the NIH program is to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in genomics research that span all areas of interest to NHGRI--genome sciences, genomic medicine, genomics and society, genomic data science, and genomics and health equity.
To accomplish the stated goals, this NOFO will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences for undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate trainees that include extensive mentorship activities. Programs should fall under the following categories: 1) summer, semester, or academic year programs for undergraduate trainees; 2) year-long program (duration of at least 12 months) for post-baccalaureate trainees. The research experiences must be based on the foundational sciences relevant to genomics: genomic sciences; genomic medicine; genomics and society; computational genomics and data science, or genomics and health equity. A secondary focus is on Courses for Skills Development. Complementary didactic activities are encouraged, especially those academic courses that have the potential to increase opportunities for success at the next career level. The proposed research education programs must include both research experiences and courses for skills development, with primary emphasis on the former. Proposed courses should be developed in conjunction with and support research experiences to enhance skills development.