NIA participates in NIH-wide programs to increase diversity in the research workforce, supplements these programs with NIA-specific initiatives that target particular stages of research training, and co-funds initiatives with the same overall goals offered by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The goals of these programs are to improve the diversity of the research workforce by increasing the numbers of trained researchers from underrepresented groups who become leaders in their research field. NIH, including NIA, expects these efforts to improve the recruitment of the most talented researchers in all groups, to improve the quality of the broader educational and training environment, to lead to more inclusive research priority-setting, to improve researchers’ capacity to recruit research participants from all sectors of the community and to improve the capacity of research to address and eliminate health disparities.
NIA funds or co-funds with the NIGMS  projects relevant to aging research under the following mechanisms:
SCORE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions that have an explicit historical mission focused on training and graduating students from underrepresented groups. For further details visit NIGMS Web page  on SCORE.
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) U*STAR awards provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research. For further details visit NIGMS Web page  on MARC U*STAR.
As part of NIA's broader effort to increase the diversity of the research workforce on aging, the institute is offering dissertation support to eligible students. This dissertation research award announcement is intended to stimulate the participation of individuals from the following groups:
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This program permits directors of NIA-supported training grants (T32s) to obtain a temporary additional pre- or postdoctoral training slot if an eligible and qualified student from a background likely to diversify the research is identified and no appropriate slots on the training grant are available.
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