Supplement Funding Opportunity for NIH-funded Researchers

The National Institutes of Health recently re-issued a funding program for currently NIH-funded researchers: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research - NIH PA-18-586.

The announcement is directed at all Program Directors/Principal Investigators holding NIH research grants with activity codes listed in “Part 1: Overview Information,” that can be found here. Funds are available for administrative supplements to recruit and support high school, undergraduate and graduate/clinical students, postdoctorates (including health professionals), and eligible investigators. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.        

The NIH currently provides multiple opportunities to develop research careers and improve participation for individuals from groups demonstrated to have low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Nevertheless, reports from the National Science Foundation and others provide strong evidence that underrepresentation remains an important problem that the entire research enterprise must actively address.

This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from the identified groups throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on the evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce as reported by the NSF.

In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate.

The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.  

Currently funded NIH researchers who will have at least two years remaining on their grant at the time of submission of a supplement application can find specific institute/center contact, submission dates and special instructions information here.  

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