NIA Office of Legislation, Policy, and International Activities (OLPIA) Office Hours

The NIA Office of Legislation, Policy, and International Activities (OLPIA) will hold the first in a new series of virtual “OLPIA Office Hours” on Friday, May 5, from 1:00—2:00 pm ET. Each OLPIA Office Hour will open with a presentation from an NIA expert, followed by an office hour-style segment guided by your questions and interests regarding the talk or any other questions for OLPIA staff. The May 5th Office Hour will feature a presentation from Dr. Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke, who will discuss associations between vision impairment and dementia. To register, please visit the online registration site.

NIH Releases Agency-Wide DEIA Strategic Plan

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].

“Small Towns/Big Trends: Demographic Insights on Living, Working, and Thriving” briefing hosted by the Population Association of America

Small Towns/Big Trends: Demographic Insights on Living, Working, and Thriving,” that the Population Association of America is hosting on Friday, March 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET.

The briefing will feature an expert panel presenting research regarding demographic, economic, health, and environmental challenges and opportunities facing U.S. rural communities from the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (funded by the National Institute on Aging), and the Rural Population Research Network (funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

More information about the briefing, including a link to register, is available on the PAA home page.

#ResearchDiversity Day – October 21st

Join NIA and other institutes across NIH to celebrate #ResearchDiversity Day. The event will take place on October 21st from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. This year, NIA will focus on diversity supplements and the grantees who have been awarded them. Follow along on Twitter using #ResearchDiversity to hear directly from awardees about their research, experiences, and how having a diversity supplement has helped advance their research careers.