Current Programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD)

Alison Gammie, Ph.D., TWD Director

TWD programs foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division funds research training, career development and diversity-enhancing activities through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and institutional levels. In addition, TWD administers the NIH Common Fund initiative, Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce. The branches and programs are listed below. The programs may also be viewed by career stage. Contact names for these branches are listed on the Contacts by Research Area page. For a list of all TWD staff and links to their biographical sketches, see the Division Staff Contacts page.

Undergraduate and Predoctoral Cross-Disciplinary Training Branch

This branch manages institutional research training, and research education grants to support undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and predoctoral cross-disciplinary research training, and to develop the capabilities of institutions to train these individuals, including those from populations and backgrounds that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.

Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Predoctoral Basic Biomedical and Medical Science Training Programs Branch

This branch manages individual predoctoral fellowships as well as institutional basic biomedical research training and medical science training programs to develop the capabilities of institutions to train students, including those from populations and backgrounds that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.

Shiva Singh, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Workforce Development Branch

This branch manages competitive individual and institutional research training grants at the postdoctoral level, as well as career development awards. The branch also manages research project grants, professional meetings, research education grants and diversity supplements to promote workforce development across the career pathway.

Michael Sesma, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Diversity Program Consortium Programs, NIH Common Fund Initiative: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce

Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, also known as the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), is a trans-NIH program funded by NIH’s Common Fund and managed by NIGMS. Through this national collaborative, NIH works together with institutions to advance the DPC’s overarching goal of developing, implementing, assessing and disseminating innovative, effective approaches to research training and mentoring. The DPC consists of the following initiatives: BUILD, CEC, NRMN, SPAD, and DPC DaTA.

Alison Gammie, Ph.D., TWD Director, Consortium Contact