Call for Submissions - Anti-Racism HMS Genetics (ARGEN) Grant Challenge and Biases in Biomedical Research Nature Communication Collection

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Dear Genetics Department,

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Departmental Committee and HMS-Genetics Anti-Racism Working Group are excited to announce two open calls:

1. Anti-Racism HMS Genetics (ARGEN) Grant Challenge — call for proposals 

2. Biases in Biomedical Research Nature Communication Collection – call for abstracts 

1. HMS Genetics (ARGEN) Grant Challenge

The ARGEN Grant Challenge is open to all members of the HMS Genetics community: students, postdocs, faculty, admins, and staff.

We are offering flexible grants (up to $3,000 each) to sponsor endeavors that are not covered by existing funding sources, and a prize of $1,000 for the most creative and impactful idea.

We are looking to support community-oriented initiatives that can advance the culture and infrastructure of our department in support of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. 

We invite out-of-the-box ideas that are impactful, well thought-out, and quickly actionable – either stand-alone projects or pilot programs with the potential to be scaled and sustained in the future. We also welcome planned partnerships with existing programs or activities at Harvard and beyond.

To apply, submit a short project synopsis (max 500 words), specifying goal, impact, timeline, and budget of the proposed initiative. 
No reference letters needed. The main criteria for selection will be impact and feasibility of the proposal.

Application Deadline: June 14th, 2021, 9pm EDT (UPDATED)

For more information and application guidelines:

To apply:


For additional questions reach out to:

2. Biases in Biomedical Research Nature Communication Collection

A lack of diversity in many modern human genetics studies has negatively impacted our ability to fully understand human biology, leading to health inequalities. 

The 'Biases in Genetics and Genomics Symposium' was recently hosted by the Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Genetics with the goal to "highlight biases present in modern-day genetics and genomics research, acknowledge recent efforts to diversify datasets, and provide potential solutions that promote inclusivity". 

To bring the conversation to a wider audience, including researchers, policy makers, and the public, Nature Communications is aiming at publishing a selection of Comments by members of our community and attendees of the Symposium. 

These Comments will be published together as part of a 'Collection' on the general topic of “Biases in Biomedical Research”.

Application Deadline: June 14th, 2021, 9pm EDT

For abstract guidelines, and invitation letter from Nature Communication Editor Dr. Doaa Megahed:

To submit your abstract:

For additional questions, reach out to: 

We look forward to your ideas,

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