NIH Can Do Better

DrugMonkey answers questions that a blogger posted regarding underrepresented faculty and the NIH's policies on increasing funding for them. He says that underrepresentation of many ethnic minorities goes all up and down the academic ranks, not just at the PI level and suggests minorities check out the NIH program called Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.

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