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 mentoring to underrepresented minority (URM) young investigators and trainees 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 through NUCATS or other individual research awards.
CTSA Program diversity supplements are offered once a year. The deadline to apply is November 1, with the application process beginning in July. Other NIH diversity supplement deadlines vary depending on funding institute. NUCATS will make information available on this website when we are seeking applicants for the CTSA-funded supplement.
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).
- Review the current list of projects seeking a mentee.
- If you meet the qualifications and would like help identifying a mentor in a research area of interest, submit the form found here.
- Once you submit the form, we will follow up with you to discuss a potential NUCATS diversity supplement or provide assistance in identifying another research award/mentor that would be a good fit.
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.
- Find examples of funded supplements in the NUCATS Grants Repository
- A general application checklist to aid in submitting these applications. This is meant to be used as a starting point, reference the institute-specific guidelines and procedures when developing your proposal.
- Informational lecture by Dr. Brian Mustanski, Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, can be found here.
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.
- If you have a grant that is eligible for a supplement but would like assistance identifying a potential trainee, please submit your information here.