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About Women in Biomedical Careers

About Women in Biomedical Careers

The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers is a trans-NIH effort. We consider barriers for women in science and develop innovative strategies to promote entry, recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement of women in biomedical and research careers.

Although an internal NIH committee, we welcome input from the extramural community and the public.


NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Office of Research on Women’s Health Director Dr. Janine Austin Clayton co-chair the Working Group. Other members include NIH Deputy Directors and Office of the Director senior staff, Institute and Center Directors, and other representatives of the NIH intramural and extramural staff.

What We Do

Since formation in 2007, the Working Group has sponsored workshops, contributed to policy changes, and developed a grant program.

These accomplishments to date include--

  • Sponsoring national workshops on mentoring women in biomedical careers, best practices for sustaining career success, and related topics
  • Developing the funding opportunity announcement “Research on Causal Factors and Interventions that Promote and Support the Careers of Women in Biomedical and Behavioral Science and Engineering"
  • Modifying the biosketch portion of NIH grant applications to allow applicants to describe reasons for periods of decreased research productivity
  • Amending the application for NIH conference grants to require that applicants describe plans to identify resources for family care at the conference site
  • Extending the tenure-clock for intramural NIH scientists by 1 year to accommodate family leave, as well as the allowed period of paid parental leave to 8 weeks for NIH intramural and NIH-funded extramural trainees
  • Launching the Women of Color Research Network, a social networking site for women of color and all supporters of diversity in the scientific workforce.
  • Establishing a leave bank to provide additional paid leave to NIH employees who need time off to manage personal illness or family obligations and instituting a Back-Up Care Program to provide short-term care.

Best Practices Report (PDF Document, 60 pages)

Women in Science (PDF Document, 238 pages)

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This page last updated: August 9, 2018

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