DEIA Prize Competition Offers $100,000 for Inclusive Excellence

Funding News Edition: May 03, 2023
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Your U.S. academic institution could win $100,000 through the NIH Institutional Excellence in Enhancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition. The new initiative rewards effective strategies to enhance DEIA in research environments.

Read our quick competition overview, attend the upcoming Webinar on May 17, and learn your next steps.

About the DEIA Prize Competition

In support of NIH’s longstanding commitment to Increasing the Diversity of the Biomedical Workforce, the DEIA Prize Competition serves two purposes:

  • Recognize the transformative cultures, systems, projects, and processes developed by academic institutions to promote inclusive excellence and create environments that foster and value a culture of DEIA.
  • Identify practices that enhance DEIA within faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and student bodies and can be adopted by other institutions.

NIH will award up to 10 prizes of $100,000 each through the competition. Up to half of the prizes will be for limited-resource institutions. NIH may also recognize additional entries as honorable mentions with nonmonetary awards. 

Find general background information on NIH prize competitions in our recent reader question “What is a prize competition? Is it a type of grant or contract?

Timeline and Your Next Steps 

To learn more about the competition, complete Webinar Registration and join the live question and answer session on May 17, 2023, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Submit your questions in advance to NIH will record the webinar for those who cannot attend.

Read the Rules and Application requirements. If you plan to apply, you must Register for the Competition by September 12, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Only those who register by then can apply for the prize.

If you are registered for the competition, NIH will email you an invitation to a pre-submission webinar planned for September 14, 2023, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Submit your online entry no later than September 26, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Refer to the DEIA Prize Competition Timeline for subsequent stages. To summarize:

  • NIH expects to perform administrative review in September or October 2023, Evaluation in October or November 2023, and announce winners by January 2024.
  • In spring 2024, NIH will invite the winners and honorable mentions to a Virtual Symposium to share best practices that could inform the entire biomedical research enterprise.

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