Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Programs and Activities

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Message from the NIBIB Director: NIBIB is strongly committed to increasing and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at NIBIB and throughout the biomedical research community. It is critical that we assure the participation and success of racially and ethnically underrepresented and other underrepresented populations in the biomedical imaging and bioengineering communities. NIBIB will actively support and sustain a biomedical workforce, both within and outside NIBIB, that welcomes and is inclusive of diverse populations. We will continue to develop and implement innovative programs that help overcome roadblocks at critical transition points along the biomedical career path. 

Listed here are funding opportunities and activities at NIBIB and across the NIH that are targeted to achieving these important goals. 

    Featured Funding Opportunities

    Research Funding Opportunities

    • Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) program 
    • Technology Development to Reduce Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) - RFA-EB-21-001
    • Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) - PAR-21-313
    • New Investigators to Promote Workforce Diversity in Genomics, Bioinformatics, or Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) - RFA-HG-21-041 

    See the full list of funding opportunities.

    Maternal Health Related Funding Opportunities

    RADx Tech for Maternal Health Challenge - up to $8 million in cash prizes to accelerate development of technologies to improve maternal health outcomes for those who live in areas lacking access to maternity care. The deadline for this Challenge has passed. 

    Connecting the Community for Maternal Health Challenge - encourages community-based and advocacy organizations in the U.S. to develop the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to conduct maternal health research. The deadline for this Challenge has passed.

    Research Training Opportunities

    NIBIB's training division supports numerous funding opportunities to build a competent and diverse workforce that can address the bioengineering challenges of the future. See a complete list of NIBIB-supported dIversity training opportunities.

    Biomedical Engineering and Technology Acceleration (BETA) Center

    NIBIB has proposed the establishment of a new trans-NIH center within its Intramural Research Program to accelerate the development, validation, and dissemination of high-impact biomedical technologies.  Central to NIH BETA’s mission will be employing evidence-driven approaches to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within NIBIB’s Intramural Research Program and serving as a model for recruiting diverse biomedical engineering talent to NIH. See details of this proposed organization change

    Accessible COVID-19 tests

    NIBIB's RADx Tech program issued two funding opportunities for diagnostic test manufacturers to develop COVID-19 tests that are accessible to people with disabilities and tests with improved performance. See links below for details on each solicitation. These solicitations are now closed.

    Activities and Initiatives

    NIBIB, along with its collaborators, is working on an effort to develop at-home diagnostic tests for COVID-19 that can be used independently by people with disabilities.  The initial focus is on people who are blind or have low vision, people with fine motor difficulties, and home tests for older adults.

    NTAC is a series of prize competitions to stimulate the design of new diagnostic technologies to transform public and global health and to accelerate the full development of those products for use in low-resource settings. Each competition focuses on a specific area of health disparities. 

    DEBUT challenges undergraduate student teams to develop technology solutions to unmet needs in any area of healthcare. Many of the solutions address a range of health disparities. 

    POCTRN drives the development of technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need. Many of the solutions could be applied to underserved populations.  

    The UNITE initiative was established to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and the greater scientific community. With representation from across the NIH Institutes and Centers, UNITE aims to establish an equitable and civil culture within the biomedical research enterprise and reduce barriers to racial equity in the biomedical research workforce. Details at the NIH UNITE website.

    NIBIB is seeking outstanding individuals for the following positions: Scientific Diversity Officer in the Office of the Director, and Director of the NIH Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology Acceleration (BETA)/Associate Director for Scientific Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Learn more about these positions on the jobs page