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Solicitation of Nominations for the 2022 NHGRI’s Outstanding Award for Enhancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Genomics Workforce

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Notice Number: NOT-HG-22-014, Release Date: June 7, 2022

Purpose

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) solicits nominations for its first annual Outstanding Award for Enhancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Genomics Workforce. The NHGRI Genomics Workforce DEIA Awards Program was developed to recognize NHGRI extramural investigators who are making a sustained and substantial contribution to enhancing DEIA in the human genomics workforce (e.g.increase the diversity of researchers, provide and create career development opportunities, promote an inclusive work environment and ensure access to resources within your organization. Two honorific, non-monetary awards of recognition will be given each year to honor an investigator who have made significant influence on enhancing DEIA in the genomics workforce:

2022 Award Details

Two honorific awards of recognition will be offered to one individual in each of the two award categories. The awardee(s) will be invited to and acknowledged during the February open session of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research meeting and will be offered the opportunity to present their research and accomplishments towards enhancing diversity in the genomic workforce including equity, inclusion, and accessibility of the genomics workforce during the meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals must have received NHGRI funding in one of the following areas of interest specific to NHGRI: genomic science; genomic medicine; ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomic research (ELSI); bioinformatics; data science; genomic technology development; and/or training programs.
  • At the time of the nomination due date, September 1, nominees for the ESI award must meet NIH’s definition of an Early-Stage Investigator (ESI).
  • Self-nominations are acceptable; however, they must be accompanied by two letters of support from a mentor or colleague.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominated: federal employees and interns/fellows; federal contractors; and current members of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.

Nominations

The nomination package may be submitted by the nominee or a nominee’s mentor or colleague. Before submitting the nomination for the ESI award, the ESI researcher must confirm that their ESI status is correctly marked in their eRA Commons (https://era.nih.gov/) profile. If the status is incorrect, the nominee should contact the NIH eRA Service Desk (https://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html) to resolve the issue before submitting a nomination.

Nomination packages must be submitted in a single PDF file that includes:

  • CV and NIH Biosketch including a link (URL) to the nominee’s “My Bibliography” in PubMed. If the nominee doesn’t have a “My Bibliography” listed in PubMed, refer to these simple step-by-step instructions to save the nominee’s citations in PubMed to a “My Bibliography.” Use the URL that PubMed automatically generates when the “My Bibliography” sharing setting is changed to public.
  • A 500 word or less personal statement from the nominee that highlights the demonstrated commitment and contributions made to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to the genetics and genomics workforce.
  • Letter of nomination (1,000 words or less) from the nominee or from a mentor or colleague familiar with the nominee’s work, addressing the nominee’s: (a) methods, approaches, and innovative ideas of enhancing DEIA in the genomics workforce, and (b) successful efforts to enhance DEIA in the genomics workforce. The strongest letters will demonstrate the lasting significance and impact of the nominee’s effort of enhancing DEIA in the genomics workforce to date, as appropriate for their career level.
  • Two letters of endorsement from other mentors or colleagues. Letters of endorsement should address similar themes.

Submission

Compile the above elements into a single PDF file, attach the PDF to an email, and send it to [email protected] with the subject line “Nomination for the 2022 NHGRI’s Outstanding Award for Enhancing DEIA in the Genomics Workforce”. The nomination package should be received by NHGRI no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on September 1, 2022.
 

Review and Selection Process

The nominations will be assessed on: (1) the innovation and excellence of the methods, approaches, etc. used to enhance DEIA in the genomics workforce, (2) the impact on DEIA the field of human genomics, and (3) demonstrated success of the nominee’s efforts, as appropriate, for the career level of the nominee.

A review panel composed of NHGRI staff with relevant expertise will be assembled. This panel will review the nomination packages for the nominee in each of the two categories. The NHGRI Director and senior leadership staff will review the recommendations and select a final awardee for each of the two categories.

Final decisions will be made by the beginning of the calendar year and all nominees will be notified by the end of December of the application schedule.

FAQ

NHGRI has generated a document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (https://www.genome.gov/TIDHE/Outstanding-Award-for-Enhancing-DEIA-in-the-Genomics-Workforce). This FAQ may be updated with additional questions and answers without additional notice.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Lorjetta E. Schools, MBA

Training, Diversity and Health Equity (TiDHE)

National Human Genome Research Institute

Email: [email protected]

 

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