The National Institutes of Health announced today six new grants aimed at fostering a diverse scientific workforce. In a release, director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, said he was hopeful the awards, which total about $12 million over a three-year-period, will help address "the compelling need to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences."
Among the Pathfinder Award recipients are Stanford's Hannah Valantine, MD, who will identify some of the reasons that women fail to advance up the career ladder at the same rate as their male counterparts. University of Wisconsin-Madison's Molly Carnes, MD, who recently spoke with my colleague about gender bias in academia, also received a grant.
Previously: Advancing the careers of women in academic medicine and Molly Carnes: Gender bias persists in academia