PROMISE study recruiting underrepresented MD or PhD Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professors

UNC is part of a national effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Program Consortium, to identify best mentoring practices for scientists underrepresented in biomedical research.

UNC is one of only 11 sites nationally to have received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) to conduct rigorous, experimental research on mentoring individuals from racially/ethnically underrepresented groups in biomedical research. The DPC is a trans-NIH program funded by NIH’s Common Fund and managed by National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS). Through this national collaborative, NIH works together with institutions to advance the DPC’s overarching goal of developing, implementing, assessing and disseminating innovative, effective approaches to research training and mentoring. Ultimately, these efforts will help to engage a more diverse field of individuals in biomedical research careers.

More details available here.

Each of the 11 sites is conducting a unique research project that makes up the Science of Mentoring, Networking, and Navigating Career Transition Points (RFA-RM-18-004) segment of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Using robust experimental designs, the projects are intended to expand the scientific scope of the NRMN initiative by exploring a variety of evidence-based mentoring and networking approaches to advance careers of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups in the biomedical research workforce.

 UNC (lead site) is partnering with Duke University in conducting the PROMISE research study (U01-GM132374) for underrepresented MD or PhD Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professors who are engaged in biomedical research (research on the biological/behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease).  PROMISE will use a randomized controlled trial (RCT), mixed methods design to compare two different facilitated peer group mentoring approaches for their impact on both personal gains (e.g., research self-efficacy, career satisfaction and commitment) and objective outcomes (e.g., grants funded, publications and citations).    

 PROMISE is currently:

  1. Enrolling Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professors into the research
  2. Training mid or senior level underrepresented biomedical researchers as peer group facilitators. 

 For more information or if interested in being a participant or facilitator:


UNC PI: Susan Girdler at      or

UNC Study Coordinator Aalanah Valentine at


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