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NIH Diversity Supplements

The NIH offers Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-21-071) 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 resources for underrepresented minority (URM) researchers and trainees on the pathway to independence. The supplements are not meant to provide “bridge funding” for investigators who have already received career development (e.g., K-) or independent research funding (R-series) grants from the NIH. Rather, the mechanism is intended to support investigators without prior support from the NIH. The resources below have been collected to support mentors and trainees as they apply for these awards. 

In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, such as:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis.
  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields.

Upcoming Internal Deadline for CTSA Diversity Supplement Program

In addition to NIH research awards eligible for supplements, the CTSA Program also awards diversity supplements once a year through NCATS, our NIH funding institute. A timetable with important dates relevant to the CTSA/NUCATS diversity supplement process is provided below. Other NIH diversity supplement deadlines vary depending on funding institute. 

We are currently inviting early career investigators who are interested in the CTSA diversity supplement to submit their name and information here by Monday, August 9. We will then go through an internal review process to identify individuals whose application/s we will put forward for the supplement, and will follow up directly with all individuals who submit materials with NUCATS by Monday, September 6. 

Complete a Statement of Interest  

Relevant Dates for NUCATS Diversity Supplements:

Item

Date

Deadline for submitting nomination materials for internal review process August 9, 2021
NUCATS will notify all individuals who apply of their status to submit  September 6, 2021
Full application submission deadline to NCATS November 1, 2021

 Appointees Receive

  • Protected research time at 75%
  • Budget for salary/benefits, research and development, travel, professional development
  • Access to additional mentoring from CECD
  • Inclusion in the Succeeding with your K Award peer mentoring program
  • A RAMP mentor for collaboration on methods, biostatistics, etc.

For Trainees: Where to Begin?

  • Confirm that you are eligible to receive funding as a trainee on a diversity 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).
  • Once you submit the form, we will follow up with you to discuss a potential NUCATS diversity supplement. 

RAMP for Supplement Awardees

The Research design Analysis Methods Program (RAMP) is a NUCATS program that pairs K scholars with a mentor who has relevant methodologic expertise for individualized training and collaboration. More information about RAMP can be found here. RAMP mentors receive protected effort for collaboration and mentoring; this effort may be included in the R&D budget of early career investigator diversity supplement applications. Junior faculty applying for a diversity supplement who are interested in a RAMP mentor may contact Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, RAMP Program Director, for a one-on-one consultation prior to including in the application. 

Additional Resources

For Mentors: Where to Begin

  • Confirm that your grant meets your NIH institute's diversity supplement funding guidelines. Most stipulate that a grant have at least 2 years of funding left; specific information on requirements and deadlines can be found here.
  • If you have identified a trainee for potential funding, reach out to your program officer, as well as the program contact listed on your institute's diversity supplement page prior to submitting an application. The program contacts can provide information about funding priorities related to career stage, information about deadlines, specific points to cover in the application, etc. 
Participating Institutions: