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Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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At the NIH, diversity is our lifeblood. To maintain our relevance as the nation's premier biomedical research enterprise, the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR) incorporates inclusive excellence into all its policies, practices, procedures, and operations. Our goal is to cultivate a workforce that better reflects the diversity of the U.S. population itself in order to most efficiently pursue the NIH mission of enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing illness and disability. 

How do you define inclusive excellence? For the OIR, inclusive excellence means:

  • Creating and fostering an environment in which all talented individuals are allowed to contribute;
  • Defining what it means to be qualified in such a way that all persons with potential value to the mission are given full consideration for opportunities;
  • Leaving no stone unturned to identify individuals and communities who can contribute to the mission; and
  • Considering who has the potential to make the greatest long-term contribution to the NIH mission, rather than only focusing on projected short-term productivity.

The following represents the OIR's contribution to diversity and inclusion. For a more complete perspective, see the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Office at

Recruitment and Retention at All Levels

Inclusive Research Portfolio: A Diversity of Knowledge

Advisory Groups: Valued Partners

  • NIH Equity Committee (NEC) – Established in 2017; aims at institutional transformation and culture change.
  • Women Scientists Advisors (WSA) – Established in 1993; raises awareness of issues facing women scientists and to work towards improving women's representation in the NIH faculty at all levels.

Affinity Groups: See Yourself Here

Resources and Training to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Selected Commentaries and Articles Relevant to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The page was last updated on Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:50am