The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $14 million to fund 37 programs within its “Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science” program – or NSF INCLUDES.“  The NSF-INCLUDES program is aimed at increasing participation of not only women and minorities, but also, disabled persons, people from rural areas, and people of low socioeconomic status.  The NSF is looking to expand this program over the next decade "with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society.”

The NSF has tapped into a market in dire need of support.  Including all underrepresented people is a great solution and the planned expansion is an even greater commitment.  As seen in our genetic research article, science needs help in diversity representation.  Awarding test and research grants aimed at underrepresented communities is a great way to expand research knowledge and hopefully find solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s problems.  In this case diversity is not just necessary, but life changing.