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Grants to Support Workforce Diversity in Genomics Research

Headshot of Dr. Deborah NickersonPurpose

These awards are made in memory of our colleague Dr. Deborah A. Nickerson who was deeply committed to mentoring and to supporting increased diversity in the genomics workforce.

Applications may be submitted for one of two purposes:

  1. To receive funding for professional development and/or training for up to one year at an institution of the applicant’s choice that enhances the applicant’s ability to pursue genomic research; or
  2. To receive funding for travel, registration, or other expenses related to attending a conference, workshop, or other short-term educational or professional development experience. Preference will be given to trainees and early-stage investigators.


Any investigator who is not part of a funded GREGoR center (i.e., does not have ‘core member’ status in GREGoR) is eligible for this funding call. An awardee may, however, be at the same institution as a GREGoR center.

Click Here to Apply by January 12, 2024 at 11:59 pm PT

Please note, you will need to sign in to Google or create a Google account in order to submit an application. If you are unable to access the form please email for further details on how to apply.

Required Materials

The application via the button above, which includes:

  • Description of your planned activities 
  • Description of associated costs
  • Letters of support if the proposed activities depend on collaborating with others

Selection Criteria

For the Grants to Support Workforce Diversity in Genomics Research, NHGRI will review all applications and determine priority funding for these awards. With input from Consortium leadership, NHGRI will make the final funding decisions for these awards. GREGoR Consortium members on the Opportunity Fund Sub-Committee may be given confidential access to application materials and asked to provide input during the application review process.

Deadline Dates and Submission Details

Deadline Dates and Time Submission Detail
January 12, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) Grants to Support Workforce Diversity in Genomics Research Application Due
March 1, 2024 Awards announced
April 1, 2024 Planned earliest start date of awards
March 31, 2025 Professional development and educational events need to be completed

Reporting requirements for awardees

These include a brief written report describing the funded work or activities completed, their impact on the awardee’s professional development and how this will help foster diversity in the genomics workforce.