NIH has awarded $50,000 each to 10 institutions as part of the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. The prize recognizes institutions that have acted to effect systemic change in gender diversity and equity among faculty members within their biomedical and behavioral science departments, centers, or divisions. 

The winners of the prize competition are:

WISELI: A Wise Approach to Gender Equity, The Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

A Framework to Promote Gender Diversity & Equity, Rochester Institute of Technology

Promoting Women of Diverse Creative Expertise,, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

No One Size Fits All: FOCUS’s Mosaic of Initiatives, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 

Participatory Approaches for Gender Equity: CWIMS, Center for Women in Medicine and Science at the University of Minnesota Medical School 

Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity at MD Anderson, Office of Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

FIU ADVANCE, Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity at Florida International University

Leveraging Evidence to Enhance Faculty Diversity, University of Houston

Gender Diversity in Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Achieving Gender Equity at Boston University, Trustees of Boston University, Boston University Medical Campus


The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) would also like to recognize [see institutions below] as honorable mentions for their commitment to gender diversity. 

Intersectional Directions: Faculty Success @XULA, Xavier University of Louisiana

Colorado Trails to Advance Gender Diversity, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus

Women in Medicine and Science Program, Office of Faculty Affairs at Wake Forest School of Medicine

University of Chicago: Using 3 R’s to Elevate Women, Department of Medicine Women's Committee at the University of Chicago

Promoting Women Scientists during COVID and Beyond, Mass General Brigham, Harvard Medical School

Eye of the Tiger: Women with a Will to Thrive, Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine


On October 5, ORWH will host a forum, Effective Approaches to Fostering Faculty Gender Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Celebrating Progress, formally recognizing the winning institutions and sharing their effective, evidence-based practices to enhance faculty gender diversity and equity. You can register for the forum here.