The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers was created in 2007 in response to the National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, which called for broad, innovative action to overcome institutional and environmental barriers to advancement at all career stages for women.

The Working Group is co-chaired by the NIH Director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and the ORWH Director, Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO. NIH Deputy Directors and the Office of the Director (OD) senior staff, the Institute and Center (IC) Directors, and other representatives of NIH intramural and extramural staff comprise the group. The Working Group has sponsored national workshops on mentoring women in biomedical careers and other programs. The NIH Working Group's mandate is:

  • To maximize the potential of women scientists and engineers
  • To consider how programs and policies it has created give attention to the NIH intramural communities and the concerns of intramural women
  • To consider the broader context of girls and women in science
  • To provide special attention to issues of barriers, minority women scientists, and mentoring

The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers is a trans-NIH effort.

Achievements of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers