The NICHD encourages academic institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations, which in turn, increases the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences.
Through these supplements, managed through the Office of Health Equity, Principal Investigators (PIs) who hold certain research grants (listed below) can apply for additional funds to support and recruit students, postdoctoral students and fellows, and eligible investigators from the following groups:
Watch this video to learn more about what the supplements offer. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions below, or consult our additional guidance on applying.
A text alternative is available at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/od/ohe/researchsupplements/Pages/health-of-nation-alt-text.aspx
Who is eligible?
How many years should be remaining on the parent grant?
How many supplements can a parent grant have?
What are the application deadlines and submission guidelines?
What types of plans are required with the application?
Can the trainee travel to attend or present at conferences?
Who can I contact for more information about these supplements?
These research supplements are available to:
In addition, those who hold active Small Grant Awards (R03), Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15), or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) may be eligible, depending on the awarding component. PIs should check with the appropriate awarding component before submitting an application for a supplement.
In general, PIs should only submit applications for supplements is they have at least 2 years left on the parent grant at the time of award.
Exceptions to this guideline may be considered for smaller grants (e.g., R03s, R21s, and R15s), on a case-by-case basis.
A parent grant with only one year remaining will only be considered if the proposed application is for summer experience (up to 3 months) for high school, undergraduate, or predoctoral students or faculty members.
We will not accept applications for parent grants in a no-cost extension.
The application requires three specific plans, described below.
The Research Plan should present evidence that the proposed experience is appropriate for the stage of the individual's career, and that it will significantly enhance the individual's research potential, while furthering the individual's ability to pursue a research career.
Graduate, postdoctoral and investigator level candidates are expected to have defined research projects. Candidates at the high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and post-masters are generally not expected to conduct independent projects, although such a situation is encouraged if the applicant’s experience allows for a more independent project; short-term research training may assume partial or complete responsibility for some aspects of the parent grant.
Note: projects or specific aims deleted during the initial peer review of the parent grant may not be proposed as the research basis for research supplement support.
The expectation is that the PI will prepare a detailed Career Development Plan that will include objectives, benchmarks, and associated timelines.
The PI of the parent grant should describe how the research experience will foster the research capabilities of the candidate and explain how the research experience is related to the research goals and objectives of the parent grant.
The Career Development Plan should also include plans for transition to the next stage of the candidate’s career level. For graduate, post doctoral, and investigator level candidates, a projected timeline delineating specific research milestones and other activities that will be made in an attempt to secure independent research funding (i.e., anticipated publications, grantsmanship workshops, timeframe for grant submissions and type of independent research support the candidate seeks).
The PI should describe in detail how he/she will assist the candidate in achieving the objectives and goals outlined in the supplement application.
The Mentorship Plan should include:
Specific parameters such as the frequency of meetings, topics to be discussed, and how progress will be monitored should be documented in the application.
The PI should provide evidence of mentoring experience and success (e.g., a list of past trainees and their current positions). If the PI is a junior faculty member, it may be appropriate to include an experienced co-mentor in the application.
In addition, if the PI has previously been awarded any supplement(s), he/she should describe:
The PI may request funds for the candidate to attend one scientific meeting each year of the award. The specific amount requested will depend upon the career stage of the applicant.
Regina Smith James, M.D.
Director, Office of Health Equity, NICHD
Mail: 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 5E03, Bethesda, MD 20892
You can also visit the most recent program announcement for Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research to learn more.
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