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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Diversity supplements support students, postdocs, and faculty scientists who are members of an underrepresented group. For more information, read the program announcement (PA).

Principal investigators apply for a supplement to their NIAID-funded grant. Anyone who wants to be hired under a diversity supplement should talk to a PI.

Investigators with grants that have multiple PIs are eligible to apply, but they may not use a supplement to request adding another PI to the grant.

Duration of support depends on the candidate’s career level and may be adjusted by the review committee.

We do not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension. A reasonable timeframe (at least two years) must be remaining on the parent grant at the time of submission.

Deadlines

NIAID receives applications at any time and reviews them approximately four times a year (November, February, April, and May). If you want your application reviewed in one of the four listed months, submit it by the first of the preceding month.

Submit applications for a high school or undergraduate student for summer work as early as possible. To consider your application for the summer of this calendar year, we have to receive it no later than March 1.

If you are seeking an award before the end of a fiscal year—September 30—we have to receive your application no later than April 15.

Applications received after these dates are considered for funding in the next fiscal year. Please keep in mind we usually experience delays in making awards at the beginning of every fiscal year.

Review and Award

A committee of NIAID senior staff members review applications on scientific merit and training potential. NIAID will make awards about eight to ten weeks after review.

Eligibility

As long as PIs have at least two years of NIAID support remaining at the time of submission, they can receive funding for the following grant types:

  • Research project grants—R00, R01 (or RL1), R10, R18, R22, R24, R35, R37, UM1 
  • Multiproject grants—P01 (or PL1), P20, P30, P40, P41, P50, P51, P60
  • Small business awards—R41, R42, R43, R44
  • Cooperative agreements—U01 (or UL1), U10, U19, U41, U42, U54
  • Director's awards—DP1, DP2

People who are supported on research grants (especially the parent grant) are not eligible. Students who are supported by an Institutional NRSA are eligible once they have completed the grant.

Graduate students or people in postdoctoral training who are supported by an Institutional NRSA may not be transferred to supplemental support before completing their appointed period of training.

Non-U.S. citizens must have permanent residency status ("green card") at time of award. People on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Investigators should contact their program officer if they are unsure if their grant qualifies.

Salary and Budget

  • High school students
    • Salary: consistent with the institutional salary policy.
    • Supplies and travel: not allowed.
  • Undergraduate students
    • Salary: consistent with the institutional salary policy.
    • Supplies and travel: up to $200 per month with justification.
  • Post baccalaureate and post master's degree students
    • Salary: consistent with the institutional salary policy.
    • Supplies and travel: up to $3,000 per year with justification.

Note: M.S. and post-M.S. students should contact the NIAID staff contact before submitting an application.

  • Graduate students
    • Salary: consistent with the institutional salary policy.
    • Supplies and travel: up to $4,000 per year with justification.
    • Total salary, tuition, and fringe benefits cannot exceed the amount allowable for a first year postdoc at the same institution performing comparable work. See NRSA Stipend Levels for postdoctoral levels.
  • Postdocs
    • Salary and fringe benefits: consistent with the institutional salary policy but not to exceed $50,000 per year.
    • Supplies and travel: up to $6,000 per year with justification.
  • Investigators developing independent research careers
    • Salary: consistent with level of support for a comparable career development award. To find the best match, go to Career Development Awards in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards.
      • If not appropriate, the requested salary and fringe benefits can be up to $85,000 in total direct costs. This includes the candidate's salary of up to $75,000 each year plus fringe benefits.
    • Fringe benefits: consistent with your institution's policies.
    • Supplies and travel: up to $10,000 per year with justification.
  • Established investigators who become disabled
    • Salary: any amount necessary for the investigator to meet the goals of a funded research project.
    • Equipment: any accommodations necessary for the investigator to complete the research project, consistent with the type of disability and the nature of the research.

Application Content

PIs should read the program announcement (under Application and Submission Information) for what to include in a supplement request. Work with your business office to make sure you use the correct forms. See below for further details and additional information that NIAID requires.

  • Two- to four-page biosketch as in an R01.
  • A brief, six-page description that includes:
    • A summary or abstract of the funded grant or project.
    • Career Development Plan
      • Describe how the proposed experience will enhance the candidate's research potential, while furthering his or her ability to pursue a research career.
      • Provide details on skills to be acquired and progress for milestones, i.e., goals that will be reached during the supplement experience, such as abstract and publication submission, preliminary data, and oral scientific presentations at local or national conferences.
      • Provide a timeline for the research and career development activities for investigators, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, post baccalaureate students, and undergraduates.
      • Describe how you will assist the candidate in achieving the objectives and goals described in the candidate's career goals statement.
      • Describe the interaction between the mentor, research team, and candidate as well as opportunities to interact with other research team members.
      • Provide a detailed development and mentorship plan that includes plans, objectives, and associated timelines for helping the candidate make the transition to the next stage of his or her research career.
  • Description of your track record as a mentor.
    • If you are a junior faculty member, it may be helpful to include an experienced co-mentor in the career development plan.
    • If you have received research supplements, describe the outcome or progress of the supplements, including the diversity candidate's current status (provide full names, title, and institution).
    • If other investigators contribute to the research mentoring, describe their role and include a biosketch.
  • One-page statement of the diversity candidate's career goals.
    • Candidates must provide a signed statement outlining short- and long-term research objectives and career goals and describe how the planned activities are related to or will facilitate achieving their career goals.
    • Candidates at the graduate, postdoctoral or investigator level are encouraged to submit career stage- appropriate grant applications during or at the end of the period of support (see Support by Career Stage – Ph.D. Track and Support by Career Stage—M.D. Track). Candidate's statements should also include plans for the development and submission of such applications.
  • Statement of Eligibility. The application should include a signed statement from you and an institutional official establishing the candidate's eligibility for support under this program. The statement must include:
    • Clearly presented information on citizenship.
    • The last four digits of the candidate's Social Security number.
    • Information on the nature of the candidate's disability, circumstances, background, or characteristics that confer eligibility under this program.
    • A description of any current or previous PHS research grant support the candidate has received, including start and end dates. Include a statement indicating that the candidate has not received any current or previous PHS support, if applicable. Candidates receiving PHS support at the time of submission are not eligible.

Application Submission

Depending on whether your parent award has moved to electronic submission, your options for submitting supplement requests are as follows.

Parent award has moved to electronic submission:

  • Use one of the following ways:
    • Send paper PHS 398 forms to the NIAID Staff Contact. See below for instructions.
    • Submit electronically through the eRA Commons.
    • Submit electronically through Grants.gov, using the diversity PA.
  • Read the program announcement for further instructions.

Parent award has not moved to electronic submission:

  • Convert the required PHS 398 forms (see Application Content above) into PDF files.
    • Your institutional business official's signature must be clearly legible.
    • Include a single PDF with transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other items that cannot be downloaded from the PHS 398 application package.
  • Send your PDFs as a single attachment in an email to the NIAID Staff Contact.
    • Use the subject line "NIAID Diversity Supplement Application PDF."
    • Make sure your contact information is in the body of the email.

For More Information

See Research Supplements in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards tutorial.

NIAID Staff Contact

Raushanah Newman
6700B Rockledge Drive
Room 2148B
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: 301-451-2691
Email: AITrainingHelpDesk@niaid.nih.gov

Last Updated February 07, 2013

Last Reviewed February 07, 2013