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National Research Mentoring Network

For a Diverse Biomedical Workforce

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is one of three initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to recognize and strengthen pathways for underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers. NRMN provides mentorship, professional development, mentor/mentee training and networking opportunities for students and faculty.

In the first phase of funding, the NRMN developed a national network of mentors and mentees from a variety of biomedical disciplines that fall in line with the NIH’s mission.

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The Next Phase

During the second phase of funding, the NRMN is continuing to develop mentoring and networking opportunities for individuals in undergraduate studies through early-career faculty. To broaden the number of innovative strategies explored and to increase the likelihood of impact, sustainability and dissemination, NRMN Phase II will be organized as a consortium of independent research projects with a Coordination Center and a Resource Center.

The NRMN Coordination Center will play two main roles: to coordinate and support the early stages of data collection from the 11 NRMN Science of Mentoring interventions, and to promote synergies between the NRMN consortium and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) for the long-term collection and storage of data.

The 11 robust experimental projects of the NRMN Phase II Science of Mentoring, Networking and Navigating Career Transition Points are intended to expand the scientific scope of the NRMN initiative. Each explores a variety of evidence-based mentoring and networking approaches to advance the careers of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The NRMN Resource Center provides a web-based mentoring tool to facilitate mentor-mentee engagement and networking. The center also oversees the management of the NRMN website, reports on outputs from NRMN components, and will create a platform for publicly available mentoring resources and tools. The Resource Center team brings together uniquely qualified biomedical and information technology professionals with unmatched expertise and experience in developing, implementing and testing interventions aimed at improving mentorship and networking across a wide range of career stages, disciplines and venues.

More information about resources or starting a mentorship is available here.

Principal Investigators

NRMN Coordination Center

Christine Pfund, PhD

NRMN Resource Center

Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD

Contact Information

NRMN Coordination Center


NRMN Resource Center


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The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.

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