The Health Research Alliance (HRA) has long been committed to increasing the diversity of the scientific workforce and decreasing health disparities. A lack of diversity adversely impacts researchers’ promotion rates, grant funding attainment, mentorship opportunities, and representation in leadership positions. In addition, troubling health disparities result from socioeconomic inequity, bias, and structural racism. Striving for a more diverse healthcare workforce not only improves patient care outcomes, but also allows organizations to be more productive, creative, and innovative.
In an effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) among HRA members and across the wider biomedical research funding community, we have developed a number of learning communities. For example, within our Grants Administration Learning Community we are exploring strategies to decrease bias in peer review. Within our Open Science Learning Community, we are investigating how best to comply with open science requirements in ways that don’t compound inequities.
To bring these many diverse yet synergistic endeavors together, we have created a singular effort: the HRA “Inclusive Grantmaking Initiative” (IGI). Through the IGI, we are working across all of our learning communities and with the wider biomedical research funding community to learn, share, and implement successful strategies to eliminate racism, discrimination, and bias not only in research but across the broad healthcare ecosystem.