Disability Updates from NIH
December 2022 was an active month for the disability community at NIH. Please check the links below for more information on the recommendations from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director on enhancing disability inclusion at NIH, a review of data on self-reported disability status by NIH extramural principal investigators (PIs), and best practices developed by the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program to improve accessibility of home diagnostic tests for COVID-19.
- New Recommendations for Enhancing Disability Inclusion
- Data on Researchers’ Self-Reported Disability Status—NIH Extramural Nexus
- Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests
Diversity Updates from NIH
The Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office is pleased to announce the proceedings (PDF, 684.46 KB) from the May 2022 “How Does Diversity Impact Science?” Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event are now available, along with the presenters’ slides and the event recording. The series proceedings capture the vibrant discussion on the evidence regarding the impact of diverse, inclusive teams on creativity, innovation, and productivity in science.
Registration is now open for the first SWDSS of 2023, “Outcomes From NASEM’s Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations (ADEI) Report,” on Thursday, February 2, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. This seminar will feature leaders from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) interdisciplinary committee discussing the report’s findings. If you have colleagues who may be interested in attending, please share this information with them.
Please visit the COSWD website for more information on the SWDSS, including proceedings from past seminars.
Changes to Peer Review
NIH has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on revising and simplifying the peer review framework for grant applications. The goal of this effort is to facilitate the mission of scientific peer review: identifying the strongest, highest-impact research. The proposed changes will allow peer reviewers to focus on scientific merit by evaluating the scientific impact, research rigor, and feasibility of the proposed research without the distraction of administrative questions and concerns about whether the appropriate expertise and resources are available to conduct the research, mitigating the possible undue influence of the reputation of the institution or investigator.