PSU, UAF among NIH Diversity Grantees

Portland State University (PSU) and University of Alaska – Fairbanks (UAF) are among the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) diversity grantees. The NIH announced the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

Barbara Elan Taylor, Associate Professor at UAF, offered these remarks:

We’re excited. These grants follow fourteen years of infrastructure building for biomedical research. These will enable integrating the subject into undergraduate curriculum while simultaneously serving underrepresented and rural students.

These awards are part of a projected five-year program to support more than 50 awardees and partnering institutions in establishing a national consortium to develop, implement, and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals to start and stay in biomedical research careers. Supported by the NIH Common Fund and all NIH 27 institutes and centers, 12 awards will be issued as part of three initiatives of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program.

At the Department of Health and Human Services we believe that delivering impact begins with building strong teams that have the talent and focus necessary to get results. These awards will leverage the power of our country’s diversity so that together, we can continue to advance biomedical research and unlock the cures to some of the great health challenges of our times.”

To learn about other recipients or background on the program, read the press release.