Registration is required to submit an application (entry). Once registered, complete and submit your online entry no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
This prize competition will improve our understanding of effective strategies and practices to create cultures of inclusive excellence and enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise. Goals of the prize competition are to:
Ideally, institutions would leverage several different strategies to address DEIA and create cultures of inclusive excellence which lead to measurable and sustained enhancements and cultural change within the institutions. NIH expects the prize competition will identify many different approaches that may be scalable to other institutions across the biomedical, social, and behavioral research enterprise.
To be eligible to win a prize under this prize competition, a participating entity must be a U.S.-based, accredited public or private nonprofit academic institution, as listed in the U.S. Department of Education database of accredited institutions and programs that grants associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degrees in biomedical, behavioral, or health sciences. All such institutions are eligible to submit an entry into the prize competition. A participating entity:
Up to five of the ten $100,000 awards will be set aside for consideration for limited-resourced institutions (LRIs). For an institution to be eligible to compete as an LRI, all components of the institution must be R15 eligible, as appropriate (i.e., undergraduate-focused components must be AREA-eligible and health professional schools and graduate schools must be REAP-eligible as defined at NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15).
Please note: Satisfying R15 criteria is only required for those competing as an LRI.
For institutions with multiple campuses (e.g., main, satellite, etc.) LRI eligibility can be considered for an individual campus only if a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a unique NIH eRA Institutional Profile File (IPF) number are established for the individual campus.
For institutions that use one UEI or NIH IPF number for multiple campuses, LRI eligibility is determined for the campuses together. For a partnership to be eligible to compete as an LRI, all partners must be eligible to compete as LRI.
The NIH DEIA Prize Competition aims to recognize and reward transformative cultures, systems, projects, and processes that institutions of higher education have developed to promote inclusive excellence and create research environments that promote and value a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. These elements are essential to promote equity and eliminate structural barriers to success among students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty in the research enterprise.
Another objective of this prize competition is to identify and disseminate effective practices for implementing institutional approaches that lead to transformative and enhanced culture change and advancement of students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral disciplines in institutions of higher education. This prize competition aims to highlight practices that have resulted in measurable change and more inclusive environments, and that can be feasibly adopted by other institutions.
These approaches may represent policies, evidence-based programs, tools, and/or activities, or a mixture thereof. As this prize competition recognizes achievement through DEIA interventions that have already been applied such interventions must have been implemented prior to the launch date of this prize competition and have a demonstrated record as an effective model.
The interventions should have targeted the full range of student, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty career stages (from junior faculty to senior leadership), and combated potential sources of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, disability, and/or sex, gender-based and sexual orientation inequities.
To access the submission platform and online forums, register no later than Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration is required and is a simple two-step process. First, create a username and password then check your inbox to confirm your registration. Next, complete the online registration form. Once you are registered, submit your entry online no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Once the submission deadline passes, the NIH DEIA Prize Competition team will conduct administrative review to confirm each submission meets the rules and submission requirements before advancing to the judging panel. Judges will be assigned a selection of submissions and use the judging criteria to complete their evaluation.
Once this first phase of evaluation is complete, NIH will make the final determination of the recipients of the $100,000 awards and any honorable mentions.
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