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Diversity Supplements

The NIH offers Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-18-906) that are specifically designed to “provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level.” These administrative supplements have been an important mechanism for providing underrepresented minorities (URM) young investigators and trainees with mentoring on the pathway to independence. This site is meant to facilitate the matching of underrepresented scientists with potential mentors so that they may apply for diversity supplement funding.

CTSA Program diversity supplements are offered once a year. The deadline to apply is November 1, however, the process to identify applicants and ensure that their submissions are competitive begins in July. Other NIH diversity supplement deadlines may vary.

Where to Begin

Confirm that you are eligible to receive funding from this administrative supplement. The NIH offers guidance in the program announcement as well as in their statement on interest in diversity. Some NIH agencies also offer supplements for re-entry into biomedical and behavioral research careers (see PA-18-592).

Are you a junior investigator with a Northwestern faculty appointment or a senior clinical fellow and interested in applying for a supplement on the NUCATS CTSA award?

If so, please submit the form found here.

Are you a mentee looking for a potential mentor?

NUCATS has compiled a list of grants that are diversity supplement eligible and have PIs who have an interest in working with a potential mentee. Find that list of projects and PIs here. If you are interested in working with one of these mentors, complete the form found here and NUCATS will facilitate the pairing.

Are you a PI looking for a potential mentee?

Learn more about the diversity supplement mechanism:

  • Reach out to NUCATS to include your grant in the listing above.
  • Each NIH funding agency has its own deadline and specific guidelines. Follow this link to find your funding agency, and your first step should then be to reach out to the diversity supplement PO for additional guidance.
  • View slides from a presentation by Northwestern’s Dr. Brian Mustanski here.
  • View a presentation about diversity supplements by Lynn Morin, NIH Program Director, here.

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