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 and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis by the National Science Foundation (see the most recent report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering ): African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Individuals with disabilities are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. NIGMS will consider supplemental support of one or more individuals on a grant at the high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow levels. Although NIGMS does not support supplements for underrepresented ethnic or racial groups at the investigator level, established investigators (PDs/PIs) who become disabled during the current project period may request funds for reasonable accommodations to permit completion of the currently funded research project.
NIH expects that efforts to diversify the workforce will lead to:
- Recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups.
- Improvement in the quality of the educational and training environment.
- A greater range of ideas to address research questions.
- A balanced perspective in determining research priorities.
- Improved capacity to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols.
- Improved capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.
Principal investigators at domestic institutions who have an active NIGMS research grant, program project grant, center grant or cooperative agreement research program with a reasonable period of research support remaining at the time of the supplemental award are eligible to submit a request to NIGMS for an administrative diversity supplement to the grant. NIGMS does not support diversity supplements for SCORE or IDeA (COBRE and INBRE) grants. Typically a grant should have at least 2 years remaining in order to request a supplement for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow; for high school, undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students, the grant should have at least 1 year remaining. 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 training. Please see the program announcement for a list of eligible grant mechanisms.
Grantee institutions should submit requests for supplements to NIGMS grants directly to NIGMS. Please see the NIGMS Diversity Supplements Program Philosophy before submitting an application. For additional information, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, July 2, 2008 (PA-12-149), or contact Dr. Marion Zatz at 301-594-3833.
Application and Submission Procedures
Application and Supplementary Information
Please see the program announcement and the NIGMS Diversity Supplement Program Philosophy for specific application requirements. NIGMS strongly encourages electronic submission via the Commons of the completed request, including all appropriate signatures and supporting documents, to be submitted as a single PDF document.
Submission and Review Process
Applicants are strongly urged to contact their program officer prior to submitting an application. Applications may be submitted at any time and are administratively reviewed within NIGMS on a continuous basis. Applications submitted in the current fiscal year that receive a favorable review will be funded in the same fiscal year, as long as funds and time remain available. If funds are no longer available, applications will be held for funding in the following fiscal year, with an earliest start date of November 1. Applicants requesting supplements to support a summer research experience are strongly encouraged to submit their applications no later than April 1 to allow sufficient time to review an application and reach a timely funding decision. We anticipate applicants will receive notification of a funding decision approximately 10 weeks after receipt of the application. This is a competitive program and funding is not guaranteed.