From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of the Biomedical Research Workforce

CBE Life Sci Educ. 2016 Fall;15(3):fe4. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-03-0138.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to attracting, developing, and supporting the best scientists from all groups as an integral part of excellence in training. Biomedical research workforce diversity, capitalizing on the full spectrum of skills, talents, and viewpoints, is essential for solving complex human health challenges. Over the past few decades, the biomedical research workforce has benefited from NIH programs aimed at enhancing diversity. However, there is considerable room for improvement, particularly at the level of independent scientists and within scientific leadership. We provide a rationale and specific opportunities to develop and sustain a diverse biomedical research workforce through interventions that promote the successful transitions to different stages on the path toward completion of training and entry into the biomedical workforce.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)*
  • Program Development
  • United States
  • Workforce