NICHD hosts two-day career development workshop for trainees

Monday, July 6, 2015

The NICHD recently hosted 15 scholars at a 2-day retreat focused on building study design, grant-writing, and presentation skills.  The participants all were recipients of NIH funding supplements that aim to diversify the research workforce and offer one-time researchers opportunities to re-enter the field.  The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research co-sponsored the event.

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Scholars Workshop attendees and their NIH hosts took time from the workshops busy schedule for this group photo.

At the two-day Scholars Workshop, participants learned about the NIH peer review process, intramural research and training programs, opportunities for research funding, and the loan repayment program.  They also had opportunities to participate in a poster session to share their current research projects and speak with program officers in their area of research interest.

“The Scholars workshop is designed to enhance the trainees’ knowledge of research design and sharpen their skills at creating research grant applications to better equip them for submitting their own research applications,” said Reiko Toyama, Ph.D., of the Office of Health Equity. 

The diversity supplements support the hiring of researchers from groups with low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.  This may include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.  High school students, pre- and postdoctoral fellows, and investigator level candidates are eligible.

The re-entry supplements support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances.  At the completion of the supplement, these scientists will be well-positioned to apply for career development awards, research awards, or some other form of research support.

The NIH accepts applications on a rolling basis from current grantees. 


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute's website at

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