The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The vision of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to provide global leadership for innovative research that improves public health by preventing disease and disability.

Interest in Diversity

NIEHS will facilitate development of a cadre of top-notch, innovative and dedicated environmental health scientists and professionals. In tandem with the development of the scientific cadre, NIEHS must also seek to develop a base of professionals who can translate the scientific knowledge into policy, education, communications, and outreach, to meet the needs of NIEHS stakeholders. Efforts in both of these areas should include specific focus on increasing the involvement of underrepresented groups in environmental health research. Our goal is to inspire a diverse and well-trained cadre of scientists to move our transformative environmental health science forward, and train the next generation of environmental health science leaders from a wider range of scientific disciplines and diverse backgrounds.  One of the ways to accomplish this goal is to increase diversity within training programs for environmental health scientists.

Director's Statement
Linda Birnbaum, PhD
Rick Woychik, Ph.D.
Director's Statement

As NIEHS Director, I will strive to build the strongest possible workforce based on principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in every division of our institute. Our Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) facilitates training in academia through Diversity Supplement Research Awards made to parent grants, our Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) and our Superfund Research Program Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in SRP-Related Research. Cultivating a diverse, creative, and highly motivated workforce with a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints will keep us at the cutting edge of environmental health sciences research.