The NIH released its FYs 2023-2027 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) on March 20. In his blog, Dr. Mark Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research noted that the plan articulates NIH’s overarching vision to embracing, strengthening, and integrating DEIA across all NIH activities. Dr. Marie A. Bernard, NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, stated in her blog that the Strategic Plan aligns with the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025 and the NIH UNITE initiative and responds to the Presidential Executive Order to enhance DEIA in the federal workforce. Together, these resources facilitate and accelerate sustainable organizational change throughout the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise.

NIH created a two-page overview that summarizes the content of the plan.

On April 4, 2023, NIH announced the Institutional Excellence in DEIA in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition that aims to recognize and reward effective strategies for enhancing DEIA in research environments across the United States. NIH will award up to 10 prizes of $100,000 each through the competition. Up to half of the prizes will be set aside for consideration for limited-resourced institutions. . To participate, registration is required by Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET. Visit the prize competition website for information about eligibility, participation, and submission requirements. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational webinar for the prize competition on May 17 at 1pm ET.  For additional information visit and you may direct questions to [email protected].