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2019 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Directors’ Meeting

A goal of the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) is to create a community of trainers and educators dedicated to developing a well-prepared, diverse biomedical research workforce.

Toward that end, the focus of the NIGMS 2019 TWD Program Directors’ Meeting is to continue to build and strengthen the partnerships and networks within the TWD community. The meeting will be held July 30-August 2, 2019 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located in Rockville, Maryland.

The meeting will address the value of sustained networking among the grantees, students and other communities served by these programs. The meeting will enable program directors to learn more about other TWD programs; establish connections with potential new partners, especially regional “neighbors”; and collectively address the Institutes’ research training objectives.

Plenary sessions and keynote talks will focus on the diversity of the U.S. research workforce, STEM training in the context of NIH-funded biomedical and behavioral research, and innovative approaches for evaluating and assessing NIGMS/NIH training programs.  NIGMS and NIH leaders will provide overviews of the Institute's training strategic plan and the implementation of the report from the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH.

Poster sessions highlighting the diversity of TWD student and predoctoral training and research education programs, including the T32 administrative supplements, will complement the formal talks and provide an interactive forum for authors to discuss their NIGMS-funded program best practices, progress and outcomes.  Note: Abstracts for program poster sessions will be accepted on a first- come, first-served basis.  Space is limited.

Who should attend:  The meeting is accessible only to the named program directors/principal investigators identified on the NIGMS TWD-funded project grants at institutions with these NIGMS TWD-funded student and predoctoral training programs: Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Bridges to the Doctorate, IMSDIPERTIRACDA, MARC U-STAR, RISE, PREPNIGMS T32 predoctoral programs and the NIH Enhancing Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce programs (NRMN, BUILD, CEC.) 

As venue capacity is limited and organizers are facilitating interactive discussions, participant capacity is limited.  As a result, priority for attendance and participation at the NIGMS 2019 TWD Program Directors' Meeting has been reserved for NIGMS TWD-funded principal investigators.

TWD 2019 POSTER SESSIONS:  Call for TWD 2019 Program Abstracts ("Best Practices")

We encourage each of you to bring a poster regarding innovations in your training and research education programs.  These posters will be displayed at various times throughout the meeting, and will be used to foster conversation among participants.  We ask that the posters, in some form, address the following:

  • Motivation (i.e., what problem you sought to address)
  • Approach (i.e., how you addressed the problem)
  • Outcomes (i.e., what happened, and how have you assessed the effectiveness of your approach)
  • Lessons learned (i.e., what have you learned, both positively and negatively, that can be useful to others trying to do similar work)

We also encourage presenters to focus on issues of sustainability of and dissemination of your educational and training activities.

NOTE:  Principal Investigators of T32 supplements funded through the following funding opportunity announcements are expected to present posters:  (PA-15-136PA-16-133; PA-16-142; PA-16-060; PA-18-756PA-18-757.)


Abstract Submission for Poster Sessions
  • Abstract Submission period is January 25, 2019 - July 1, 2019. (Deadline has been extended by popular demand!) All submissions should be uploaded online
  • Detailed abstract submission information (including poster size specification) is available HERE.
  • Click here to submit your abstract(This link will open a new window and take you to the abstract submission website.)
  • Notifications for accepted abstracts and assignment of presentation poster boards with dates and times will be provided on a rolling basis (first-come, first-served; space is limited).  If you have not received information about the status of your submitted abstract by July 5th, please contact Jacquie Roberts at


** Pending Notification of Award from NIGMS **

A limited number of TWD 2019 Travel Awards are available to help support the participation of Principal Investigators (individuals named on the grant projects) of active NIGMS TWD-funded T32 grants. 

  • Travel award covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $1,500 (including TWD 2019 meeting registration fee of $225) to defray the cost of participation in the 2019 TWD Program Directors’ Meeting. 
  • Travel Award application receipt deadline date is June 21, 2019.
  • The award must be applied to related expenses including travel (air and ground transportation,) lodging at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (the designated TWD 2019 meeting venue,) and TWD 2019 meeting registration ($225).
  • Subsistence (offset per diem/meal expenses) allowance is $100.00.
  • Automobile rental expenses are not eligible for travel award reimbursements.
  • The travel awards will be processed as reimbursements to the award recipients after the meeting. Receipts will be required in order to receive reimbursement.
  • Travel awards are limited to a maximum of three (3) NIGMS TWD-funded T32 Principal Investigators/Program Directors per university/institution.

Apply for Travel Award and Register for TWD 2019 

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Last Updated: 06/14/19

2019 TWD Program Directors' Meeting is managed and organized by:
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by T36GM008637-21 and U13GM133156-01 (pending) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.