NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research: Information for UCSF Students, Trainees, and Junior Faculty

Are you a trainee or junior faculty interested in a career in clinical and translational research?

If so, we would like to connect you with a Principal Investigator who is doing research in your area of research interest.

CTSI’s Career Development Program and the Office of Diversity and Outreach want to spread the word about the availability of Diversity Research Supplements. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research provide funding for trainees and young faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded project in a particular area of interest. Principal Investigators who hold an active NIH grant are generally eligible to submit a request for a Diversity Research Supplement.

The first step in applying for a NIH Diversity Supplement is to match UCSF Principal Investigators with trainees and young faculty whose research interests are similar to the aims of the NIH grant. If you are interested in applying for a NIH Diversity Supplement, we request that you complete a brief survey to determine your areas your research. We will provide this information to UCSF Principal Investigators who hold current grants that are related to your area of interest. The Principal Investigator of the grant will determine if there could be a fit for you on their research project and may contact you to discuss collaboration. The Principal Investigator will contact the NIH to determine the feasibility of submitting an application for a Diversity Supplement. After an application is submitted, it usually takes 2 to 3 months for approval by the NIH.

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Is a Diversity Supplement right for me?

Every research project is different. Depending on the grant and the Principal Investigator, the Diversity Supplement may provide salary and training support.

This experience may provide:

  • The opportunity to work on a funded research project in your area of research interest
  • Hands-on work experience on a research project
  • Experience of working with a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Tuition for coursework. See a list of recommended courses.
  • An opportunity for you to present abstracts, posters, or co-author a paper (depending on your role and depth of involvement on the project)

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What to expect if you participate

  • You will be asked to complete a survey about your demographics and your current research activities and interests.
  • A staff member from Office of Diversity and Outreach will review your survey and identify current faculty researchers at UCSF who are Principal Investigators of a NIH award.
  • UCSF Principal Investigators whose research projects appear to overlap with your research interests will be given your contact information so that they may contact you to discuss potential collaboration on a Diversity Supplement.

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How to participate

If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete this Contact Information, Demographics and Research Background Survey.

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