The FASEB Diversity Resources Program


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The FASEB Diversity Resources Program is supported by grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health: Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Ancillary Training Program (T36) and Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25).

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. For more than 30 years, the FASEB MARC Program promoted diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, as well as the training and advancement of underrepresented students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and scientists.

The Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) Program was created by the NIGMS to support creative and innovative educational activities to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. 

The FASEB Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring (DREAM) activities (supported by MARC and IPERT grants) focus on skill development courses/workshops, structured mentoring activities and outreach programs which are designed to help create a highly skilled and diverse biomedical research workforce from all groups.

FASEB recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences research workforce. FASEB Diversity Resources efforts to help diversify the workforce are designed to develop and prepare the most talented researchers from all groups; to help improve the quality of the educational and training environment; and to enhance the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences such as: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

NOTE: Individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences include:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment) or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other U.S. Pacific Islanders (Guam, American Samoa);
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and individuals from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

For more information, please see NIH's Diversity Statement: Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity" (NOT-OD-15-053).

To receive support from the FASEB Diversity Resources Program, all applicants must be USA citizens, or non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents residing in the USA or USA territories.  Individuals on temporary or student visas, those seeking asylum, or refugees are not eligible for FASEB Diversity Resources Program funding or support.

Participant selection will take into consideration whether an individual’s participation would help achieve the overall goals and objectives of the FASEB Diversity Resources Program.

Last Updated: 08/07/17

The FASEB Diversity Resources Program is funded by grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.  [T36-GM008637 and R25-GM116706]