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Conference Planned on ‘Building Equality and Equity in Research’

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NIH’s Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, Small Business Program Office and the Path to Excellence and Innovation Initiative (PEI) will host the Collaborative Models for Building Equality and Equity in Research Conference on Wednesday, July 19 at the Natcher Conference Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Opening remarks start at 9.

The government-wide conference will focus on successes, best practices and knowledge dissemination to strengthen and advance educational equality, excellence and economic opportunities in research.

An array of federal agency partners that oversee research programs, grants and contracts will share best practices and highlight opportunities for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). 

The conference is in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The goal of the conference is to create opportunities that will foster and enhance the capacity of HBCUs and MSIs to participate in or be eligible to participate in agency programs and to address barriers these institutions face when accessing programs that benefit and impact underserved communities. 

Speakers will include members of Congress, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through HBCUs, NIH institute/center leaders as well as other federal executives and staff. 

Participants from state and local governments as well as industry and community groups will share their views on the critical role HBCUs and MSIs play in research. In addition, the conference seeks to help prepare and encourage more institutions to participate in the medical research enterprise. 

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