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Announcing the NIH DEIA Prize Competition Awardees

January 31, 2024

We are delighted to announce the 10 recipients of the NIH Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize.

Each of the winning institutions will receive a $100,000 prize from NIH for demonstrating exceptional dedication and innovation in fostering DEIA within research environments. NIH awarded three prizes to limited-resource institutions (LRIs) in keeping with its commitment to supporting and engaging LRIs.

California State University San Marcos*

Duke University

Rochester Institute of Technology*

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

University of California, Davis

University of California, San Francisco

University of Florida

University of Illinois Chicago

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras*

Vanderbilt University

*Limited-resource institution (LRI). NIH defines LRIs as institutions that (a) have a documented mission to serve historically underrepresented populations in biomedical and behavioral research, (b) award degrees in STEMM fields, and (c) have received an average of no more than $25 million (total costs) in NIH Research Project Grant support for the past three fiscal years.

Representatives from the prize-winning institutions will participate in a virtual symposium this summer devoted to their DEIA interventions that resulted in sustained, measurable change. The COSWD team will share information about this event in the coming months.

Congratulations to the prize recipients on their well-deserved recognition. We extend our appreciation to every institution that submitted a prize competition entry. We look forward to the continued success of our collective efforts to champion DEIA throughout the biomedical and behavioral sciences.


Let’s celebrate inclusive excellence and a diverse scientific workforce.

NIH will award $1 million to U.S. biomedical, social, and behavioral science institutions with transformative solutions that create cultures of inclusive excellence.
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