Three California State University campuses – Long Beach, Northridge and San Francisco – are the recipients of awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address issues of diversity in biomedical research.  Pending availability of funds, the amount awarded to the three campuses totals more than $61 million.  The awards for Long Beach ($22.7 million) and Northridge ($21.8 million) are the largest single grants those universities have ever received.

Awarded as part of the NIH’s BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) initiative, the awards will fund the development of new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive in the workforce.  The CSU is the largest four-year university system in the nation and nearly half of all students come from traditionally underserved communities.

Through CSULB’s BUILD program, underrepresented undergraduate students will receive mentors and research training at CSULB and two research partner institutions – the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California – to help them succeed in doctoral programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

CSUN’s BUILD program, BUILD@CSUN will create new strategies to retain and recruit the next tier of underrepresented minority biomedical scholars including a new Health Disparities Research Center at the university that will ensure the project’s long-term sustainability.

SF State’s BUILD program, SF BUILD, will increase the persistence of underrepresented students and strengthen their biomedical research skills, provide professional development for faculty and build capacity for improved science education and research training in a sustainable way.

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