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Have You Heard About STRIVE? 

NICHD launched its STrategies to enRich Inclusion and achieVe Equity (STRIVE) Initiative to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of its research and workforce. STRIVE, which complements NIH UNITE, focuses on taking action to improve EDI within NICHD and the scientific community, and expand health disparities research to develop solutions. 
STRIVE will be conducting virtual workshops that will bring together stakeholders from diverse sectors to discuss health disparities research, identify knowledge gaps, and help chart a bold course for future activities.

The August workshops will be:

August 4, 2021
How Social Identity Can Impact and Promote Health: A Look Across Populations, Lifespans, and Generations 
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (EDT)

August 25, 2021
Societal Influences on Health and Health Disparities During Childhood
12:30 PM–5:00 PM (EDT)

To register for this and future workshops in the series, please visit the STRIVE workshop website. Also, check back next month in The NICHD Connection for our “Deconstructing Bias” column on structural racism.

Due Next Month: Intramural Research Fellowship (IRF) 

Funding opportunity for all NICHD fellows 

In 2017, DIR launched the Intramural Research Fellowship (IRF), a competitive research funding opportunity for NICHD postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical fellows. Its main objective is to promote grant writing among our intramural trainees, while enhancing awareness of the various components of an NIH grant application.  

The IRF submission date is Monday, September 8, 2021. 

For more information on the IRF, please visit NICHD Intramural Research Fellowships or email Dr. Triesta Fowler (

Due Next Month: Salzman Virology Award Application  

The Salzman Virology Awards honor the 40-year career of Dr. Norman P. Salzman in virology research and his accomplishments in mentoring of young scientists. Two awards will be given. One postdoctoral fellow will receive a plaque and an award of $2,500. One graduate student/postbaccalaureate trainee will receive a plaque and an award of $1,000. The mentors of the awardees will each receive a plaque. The winners will give talks during the virtual 23rd Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology on Monday, November 8, while selected other applicants will be invited to present posters 

The application due date for the Salzman Virology Awards is September 13, 2021. Application forms and eligibility information can be found at

NICHD New Postbac Orientation Session  

Wednesday, September 15, 1–2 PM  

Our institute has approximately 100 postbacs conducting both clinical and basic science research. The Office of Education would like to bring our postbacs together to meet each other and discuss opportunities for service and leadership, along with the various resources and services available to you at NICHD and NIH-wide.  

We aim to enrich fellows’ NIH experience with career development, outreach, and social activities. Learn about: 

  • NIH Library resources  
  • The Annual Postbac Seminar Series 
  • Opportunities for enhancing your science communications skills  
  • Shadowing opportunities in the NIH Clinical Center  
  • NICHD Office of Education Services & Resources
  • The Office of Intramural Training and Education
  • Medical & Graduate School Application Support
  • And more!  

The NICHD Postbac Orientation Session is mandatory for all postbacs who started on or after January 2021. To register, please contact Ms. Katherine Lamb (