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In spite of advancements in scientific research, some populations have not had access to cutting-edge research and training opportunities and do not participate fully in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research workforce. These underrepresented populations are identified by using an evidence-based approach that considers reports from the National Science Foundation, national data sets, and data from the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is further informed by congressional interest in this area. Learn more here.

In January, 2015, NIH published a Notice of Interest in Diversity. This Notice explains that innovation and scientific discovery are enhanced by including individuals from groups that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Underrepresented groups include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (at the undergraduate level and below). Upon review of NSF data, NIH may also consider women at senior career levels in academia to be underrepresented.

Who is in the Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Workforce?

The biomedical research workforce is comprised of individuals with earned degrees employed in a variety of career sectors, including research and teaching in colleges and universities, research in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industrial settings, research in government laboratories, as well as non-research scientific careers including science policy and regulation, and science communications that contribute to the Nation’s human capital in science. Information on participation in career sectors is generally obtained from Bureau of Labor reports.

 Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups  Individuals with Disabilities  Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds  Women in the Biomedical Workforce

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