NIH Diversity Supplement - CANDIDATE

Why should I apply for a diversity supplement? Supplements are a WIN for students, trainees, early faculty who want to pursue careers as research scientists. Diversity supplement applications also tend to have a high rate of success. We need YOUR talent in the scientific field.

Am I eligible?

  • Stage of training: undergraduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, early investigators
  • Race/ethnicity: 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. Currently the supplement announcement defines current underrepresented racial and ethnic groups eligible for this supplement as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. We suggest checking eligibility with the project officer if in doubt.
  • Disability: physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities
  • Disadvantaged backgrounds (only for high school or undergrad candidates): low income, or disadvantaged rural or inner city educational environments
  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Candidate cannot be supported on an NIH grant and time of new diversity supplement award date (if the supplement candidate is on a training award that is ending, depending on timing of the end of the training award, they may still be eligible.)

Step #1: Explore plans to apply for a diversity supplement with your current research mentor to determine if they have eligible NIH funded grants. Otherwise, identify possible investigators (Principal Investigator or PI) with eligible parent grants.

Step #2: Formulate an initial idea in collaboration with the investigator who has an eligible parent grant.

Step #3: Work with that investigator to contact the project officer of their parent grant.

Step #4: Then contact the diversity program officer at the target institute before applying (details for contact person found here:  Institutes, program and diversity supplement staff review and rank idea according to I/C mission and priorities.

Step #5: Prepare the application for the PI to submit. If possible reach out to other successful recipients of diversity supplement and mentored awards to secure examples. Your diversity supplement application must be submitted by the PI who holds the parent grant.