On December 12, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a historic slate of bold actions across the U.S. government and businesses, civic, academic, nonprofit, community-based, and philanthropic organizations to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s STEMM Equity and Excellence priorities. These commitments will activate a national vision and drive transformative change across the American science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) ecosystem by dramatically expanding access and opportunities and bolstering America’s global competitiveness.
The STEMM Opportunity Alliance (SOA), a new landmark organization led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), is coordinating this effort with over 90 institutional partners across multiple sectors combining to account for over $1.2 billion in work and investment in initiatives that will advance action across five national STEMM Equity and Excellence pillars. More than $4 million has been committed to date to launch SOA; these pledges will serve as a force multiplier for the major strategic actions to expand STEMM opportunity being driven by departments and agencies across the U.S. government.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will become a funding partner of the STEMM Opportunity Alliance, and over the next five years will invest an additional $19 million in grant awards that span across its diversity in STEMM programming. This will include scaling up its investment in its Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program (PDEP), which aims to increase the number of underrepresented scientists within the biomedical and medical research and education community through career enrichment and mentoring support. Through PDEP, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has made $9 million in grant awards to more than 140 underrepresented minority scientists with 70 percent of the awardees moving into academic faculty positions at the end of their postdoctoral fellowship.
“The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to building a more equitable and inclusive STEMM workforce,” said President and CEO Dr. Louis Muglia. “We are proud to be a part of the historic effort to advance equity and excellence across the U.S. STEMM ecosystem.”
For complete details visit: https://stemmopportunity.org/