Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-141
Release Date: September 11, 2019
Response Date: October 31, 2019
This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) inviting comments and guidance to be considered during the development of a prize competition for enhancing faculty gender equity and diversity.
Though parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in the mid to senior-level ranks [1, 2]. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments. The goal of this competition is to acknowledge transformative structures, systems, projects and processes that have enhanced faculty gender equity and diversity within an institution. Some of the approaches to enhancing diversity in academia may include eliminating or reducing barriers to career advancement, employing mentoring structures, adopting work-life integration and career flexibility programs, enhancing pathways to leadership, recruitment, or others.
An additional objective of this proposed prize competition is to seek best practices for disseminating institutional approaches that have led to an environment conducive to the retention and advancement of women faculty in biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines in academic institutions. Through an anticipated contest, the potential prize seeks to highlight practices that have created a more inclusive environment for faculty.
ORWH is considering conducting this prize competition using the statutory authority granted to federal agencies by the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010, 15 U.S.C. 3719, as amended.
This RFI seeks broad input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research community and the general public regarding the following topics:
Structure of the prize competition
Dissemination of winning submissions
Reasons and Potential Barriers in Applying
Responses to this request must be submitted electronically to ORWHprize@od.nih.gov no later than 11:59PM (ET) on October 31, 2019.
Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public NIH websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.
This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or individual NIH Institutes and Centers to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.
We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI document with your colleagues.
1. NSF. National Science Foundation - Doctorate recipients from U.S. universities: 2017. 2017; Available from: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsf19301/.
2. Pololi, L. H., Civian, J. T., Brennan, R. T., Dottolo, A. L., & Krupat, E. (2013). Experiencing the culture of academic medicine: gender matters, a national study. Journal of general internal medicine, 28(2), 201–207. doi:10.1007/s11606-012-2207-1
Please direct all inquiries to:
Teraya Donaldson, Ph.D.
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)