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National Institute of Environmental Health Science


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.

Diversity-Targeted Programs

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. Linda Birnbaum, PhD

Director's Statement

I am deeply committed to the promotion and development of scientific workforce diversity throughout NIEHS programs. NIEHS has a number of targeted activities which support rich research training experiences through programs in all NIEHS divisions. Our Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) facilitates training in academia through Diversity Supplement Research Awards made to parent grants, our Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25 awards), and our Superfund Research Program Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in SRP-Related Research. One of the priorities at NIEHS is to afford everyone the opportunity to be trained as an environmental health science investigator and ensure that our workforce in the environmental health sciences is representative of the diverse population of this great Nation.

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