On July 18, FASEB submitted comments in response to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) on “Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career Transitions to Promote Faculty Diversity.” FASEB and its member societies are committed to fostering a research workforce that is diverse and inclusive. The FASEB Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity, and Grants Administration (OSPDGA), which oversees the FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access, and Mentoring (DREAM) programs, and the minority affairs committees and staff of FASEB member societies have, for decades, undertaken activities and interventions designed to provide trainees from underrepresented groups with educational and career development opportunities and access to resources they might not otherwise get.
The information presented in FASEB's response highlights the activities of the Federation and individual societies designed to enhance postdoctoral career transitions and promote faculty diversity. Programmatic information was collected from FASEB member societies and OSPDGA, and includes feedback from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who participated in the 2018 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute (PPI) program organized by OSPDGA with support from NIGMS. The Federation is committed to help identify, develop, and implement new strategies that will enhance successful career transitions for postdoctoral scientists who come from underrepresented groups in biomedical research, and looks forward to working with NIGMS on this important issue.