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National Institute of Mental Health


The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Interest in Diversity

NIMH values research capacity building, particularly expanding opportunities in research training and career development for investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The Institute is committed to enhancing the diversity of the mental health research workforce. This commitment is exemplified by the research training and career development programs supported by the Institute and by the reports and associated recommendations issued in two workgroup reports of the National Advisory Mental Health Council: Investing in the Future and An Investment in America's Future: Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Mental Health Careers. To NIMH, diversity means creating opportunities, especially for people from underrepresented backgrounds who bring different perspectives and who may solve old problems in new ways. By promoting programs to enhance workforce diversity, NIMH aims to enlist the full spectrum of perspectives and knowledge to work on the mysteries of brain and behavior in order to accomplish its mission.

Diversity-Targeted Programs

Individual Funding Opportunities – Predoctoral Fellowships and Research Grants

Administrative Supplements

Dr. Lowy Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D.

Director's Statement

Achieving diversity on our advisory committees and in our grantee population has been a core value for NIMH for at least the past three decades. For us, diversity has meant creating opportunity, especially the opportunity for people with different backgrounds and perspectives, who have overcome difficult challenges, and who can solve problems in new ways and thereby accelerate our efforts to generate research with the greatest public health impact.

NIMH encourages the recruitment, training, and retention of outstanding physician-scientists from diverse backgrounds. Thus, NIMH continues to fund efforts to improve the diversity of the mental health research workforce by supporting and recruiting early stage investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to mental health research on a national basis (see PA-15-069).

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