NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

What is a Diversity Supplement?

NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp) PA-12-149 [Reissue of PA-08-190]

The NIH provides funding to attract minority trainees and faculty to research careers. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research provide additional funding for trainees and faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded project in a particular area of interest.

  • The application information (which can be accessed via the link above) describes the requirements for all levels of trainee, from high school through college, graduate school, and postgraduate studies to the investigator level.
  • Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.
  • There is no set deadline, but applications must be submitted at least 10 weeks before the desired start date of the project activity.
  • Administrative supplements are much less competitive than peer-reviewed grant funding mechanisms, and can provide an excellent entry point for a research career.
  • Budget requests must follow the budget cycle of the existing grant.
  • Supplemental funding may not extend beyond the existing grant’s project end date.
  • Timeline: ongoing

Who is considered an under-represented minority in biomedical research?

The NIH definition is included in "Section I. Funding Opportunity Description" of the above link, and is summarized here:

  • The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.
  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. (See detailed definition).

How can I receive a Diversity Supplement?

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