Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership


  • Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

    In recognition of the need to promote diversity in the health-related research workforce, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), together with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), published funding opportunity announcement (FOA) PAR-13-074 “Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R03) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-074.html. The purpose of this FOA is to provide support for New Investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the NIDDK, the NIMH and ODS. The R03 mechanism is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources with the ultimate goal of providing the preliminary data for a R01-equivalent application.

    The NIDDK Review Branch will manage the review of applications received in response to this FOA. In the near future, NIDDK Scientific Review Officers will request your participation on the review panels evaluating these applications.

  • 2014 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course
    Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014.

    This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

    Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

    How to Apply: Submit an application via the NIMHD website at www.nimhd.nih.gov from April 14, 2014 to May 22, 2014. Applications will only be accepted online.

    All application materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 22, 2014 for consideration. 

    Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:

    Completed online application must include:

    • Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);
    • Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);
    • Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities(350 word limit); and
    • Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit). 

    **Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

    Course Information
    • Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or rejected by June 25, 2014.

    • The course overview and syllabus will be on the NIMHD website by mid-April.

    Course Contact
    • For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

  • Jacqueline Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, 2004-2005 Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy (formerly The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy), has been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow (German Marshall Fund of the United States).

  • NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

    The 2014 NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program provides an opportunity for selected residents and fellows, who are interested in careers in academic medicine, to attend the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly and participate in a special 1.5 day NIH workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine.  This year's Convention will be held August 2-6, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. more >>

  • Herbert W. Nickens Awards - Commemorating 15 Years of Leadership in Health Equity

    Nominations Deadline: May 2, 2014

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is now soliciting nominations for the annual Herbert W. Nickens Presidential Award, the Nickens Faculty Fellowship and the Medical Student Scholarships Awards. more >>

  • HMS Foundation Funds Opportunities for Faculty and Fellows
    Information on funding opportunities offered through the HMS Foundation Funds

  • Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, 2010 MCFF Fellow, honored by the National Medical Fellowships
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  • The NIH recently posted a notice encouraging institutions to develop individual development plans for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The recent ACD Working Group on the Biomedical Workforce recommended that "NIH should require individual development plans (IDPs) for all NIH-supported postdoctoral researchers, whether on training grants, fellowships, or research project grants." NIH is not making plan development mandatory, but also is encouraging them for graduate students.  Please see:



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