Funding and Researchers—Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility (DEIA)

NIAID provides individual and institutional research training awards and other types of funding opportunities to support researchers from underrepresented communities and disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information, refer to the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity.

DEIA Funding Opportunities

Our Training and Career Development Grant Programs and Small Business Programs support the following types of notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for underrepresented and disadvantaged applicants:

Career Development Awards (K)

NIAID offers a variety of individual research career development (K) awards, which enable scientists with diverse backgrounds to enhance their careers in biomedical research. Find examples with a Search for NIAID K Grant Funding Opportunities.

Research Project Grants (R01)

NIAID recognizes the need to diversify the scientific workforce by enhancing the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research workforce. Find examples:

Research Education Projects (R25 and R38)

R25 and R38 programs both provide support to eligible institutions to train predoctoral and postdoctoral participants in biomedical research areas. Find examples with a Search for NIAID R25 and R38 Grant Funding Opportunities.

Small Business Programs

NIAID’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs welcome eligible entrepreneurs, including Women Owned and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses. Find examples with a Search for NIAID Small Business Grant Funding Opportunities.

Fellowship Grants (F)

NIAID awards National Research Service Award (NRSA) individual fellowship grants to provide research experience to students and scientists at various stages of their careers. Find examples with a Search for NIAID F Grant Funding Opportunities.

Research Supplements

These supplements add funds to existing grants to increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups. Supplements also help promising researchers return to a scientific career. 

Find examples:

Other Diversity-Related Opportunities

NIAID sometimes funds diversity, inclusion, or health disparity research through other award types. Search our NIAID Funding Opportunities list using relevant keywords, such as:

Consider All NIAID Funding Opportunities

You are not limited to the diversity-focused options in the section above. We strongly encourage researchers from underrepresented groups to seek funding through any NIAID or NIH opportunity. Find complete lists here:

NIAID Funding Links and Contacts

Contact Information

NIAID Training and Career Development Grant Programs

NIAID Small Business Programs

For other types of research funding, reach out to the NIAID program officer for your area of science. You can get application advice, NIAID's perspective on your research, and confirmation that NIAID will accept your application. Learn more at When to Contact a NIAID Program Officer.

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