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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

As part of an NIH-wide program, principal investigators holding NIGMS research grants may request supplemental funds to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce will lead to:

  • the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups;
  • an improvement in the quality of the educational and training environment;
  • a balanced perspective in the determination of research priorities;
  • an improved capacity to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols;
  • an improved capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.

Principal investigators at domestic institutions holding an active NIGMS research grant, program project grant, center grant, or cooperative agreement research program, with a reasonable period of research support (usually 2 years or more) remaining at the time of the supplemental award, are eligible to submit a request to NIGMS for an administrative supplement to the grant. Individuals may receive support under these programs on only one grant at any time, but may be supported by more than one grant during their research careers.

Grantee institutions should submit requests for supplements to NIGMS grants directly to NIGMS. For additional information, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, July 2, 2008 (PA-08-190), or call Dr. John Whitmarsh at 301-451-6446.

This page last updated January 6, 2009