Contact: Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.;
Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.D.;
As part of an NIH-wide program, Principal Investigators (PIs) of NIGMS research grants may request supplemental funds to enhance the diversity of the research workforce. The Diversity Supplements Program (DSP) is designed to facilitate the recruitment and training of promising scientists from diverse backgrounds (e.g., individuals from groups
underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce).
NIH expects that efforts to diversify the workforce will lead to:
PIs at domestic institutions who have an active NIGMS research grant, program project grant, center grant, or cooperative agreement research program are eligible to submit a request to NIGMS for an administrative diversity supplement to the grant. Please see the
program announcement for a list of eligible grant mechanisms.
All NIGMS diversity supplement applications are accepted on a rolling basis between October 1 - May 31 in any fiscal year. Applications received after May 31st will be considered for funding in the next fiscal year (beginning October 1st). The earliest start date for any supplement is December 1st, and the last possible start date is September 1st. Typically, it takes approximately 12-16 weeks from receipt of the application by NIGMS until a funding decision is made.
Before applying, eligible PIs should contact the DSP Co-Directors,
Dr. Shakira Nelson or
Dr. Zuzana Justinova, to discuss candidate's eligibility and the likelihood of being funded given NIGMS’ funding priorities.
NIGMS intends to award supplements that make a strong case that the supplement will benefit the named individual(s) and not simply serve as a means of freeing up funds from a research grant or research training grant. For this reason, supplement requests for a candidate already being supported on the PIs research grant will be a lower priority for funding.
Awards with significant unobligated balances must provide a strong justification for needing the supplement.
Eligible grants are expected to have a reasonable period of research funding remaining at the time of the supplemental award to support the proposed research training of the individual(s) named in the supplement (e.g., a grant with approximately 2 years remaining to request a supplement for a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or investigator, or approximately 1 year remaining for high school, undergraduate, master’s or post-baccalaureate students). Individuals may receive support under these programs on only one active grant at any time but may be supported by more than one supplement during their research training experience if well justified (see more information below regarding Award Guidance).
NIGMS encourages applications to support individuals who do not have access to NIGMS funded research education or training programs. NIGMS will consider supplemental
support of one or more individuals on a grant at the high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, master’s, graduate (doctoral) student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty (investigator) levels.
In addition to investigators developing independent research careers, NIGMS provides support through the DSP to established investigators (Program Directors/Principal Investigators) who become disabled during the current project period; such individuals may request funds for reasonable accommodations to permit completion of the currently-funded research project.
For more information, contact:
Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.Program Director Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health
Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.DProgram Director Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological ChemistryNational Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health
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