See the Glossary for more terms.
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. For more on this, see Eligibility below.
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.
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.
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:
For grants with performance periods of two years or less, the proposed supplement should support activities and career levels appropriate for the shortened performance period.
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 the NIAID Staff Contact to verify eligibility.
Note: M.S. and post-M.S. students should contact the NIAID Staff Contact before submitting an application.
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.
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:
Parent award has not moved to electronic submission:
See Research Supplements in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards tutorial.
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Last Updated December 09, 2014
Last Reviewed February 07, 2013