The US National Institutes of Health has awarded about $31 million to boost diversity in the biomedical workforce. A dozen awards will be made as part of the three initiatives of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program, the agency says.

According to NIH, those three initiatives focus on drawing students from diverse backgrounds into biomedical research careers, developing a nationwide network of mentors and mentees, as well as coordinating and evaluating those efforts.

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