About the FASEB MARC Program

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The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program (formerly the Minority Access to Research Careers Program) was created by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).  The NIGMS MARC Program seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation.  Nationally, groups found to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives and natives of the US Pacific Islands (Hawai'i, Guam and American Samoa only).  For more information, please see NIH's Diversity Statement: "Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity" (NOT-OD-15-053).

The overall objective of the FASEB MARC Program is to help strengthen the research training opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows and academic/research faculty members from underrepresented groups.  A key objective of the MARC Program is the encouragement, preparation and support of underrepresented students in the pursuit of postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. 

For more than 30 years, the FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program has promoted diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, as well as the training and advancement of underrepresented students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and scientists. We seek to provide access to resources and training that incorporate a variety of programs and benefits for these individuals. However, for FASEB and the individuals involved in the FASEB MARC Program, it is about much more than the resources, the training, and the access.  It is about making dreams come true and "Maximizing Access to Research Careers".


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The FASEB MARC Program is funded by two grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.  [T36-GM08059 and T36-GM08637]



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