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Programs to Enhance Workforce Diversity

The NIMH offers several funding opportunities and supplement programs to enhance the diversity of the workforce by providing support to students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from underrepresented groups in health-related research. Candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Individual Funding Opportunities – Predoctoral Fellowships and Research Grants

Individuals are encouraged to contact a Program Officer to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and training plans. In addition, applicants should discuss which funding opportunity (F31 vs R36) will best match their level of training and stage of dissertation.

Individuals submitting applications for the Diversity F31 predoctoral fellowship are eligible to submit applications at any point during their graduate training. However, the most competitive F31-Diversity applicants will include a research strategy (preferably hypothesis-driven) and research training that is well-suited for his/her stage of career development.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) 

The R36 Mental Health Dissertation Grants are designed to facilitate the completion of the doctoral research project. Dissertation applicants for the R36 should not require further training at this stage.

Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Increase Diversity 

Administrative Supplements

Administrative supplements are available for some NIH Research Grants and Institutional Training Grants. Please see additional details in the following funding opportunity announcements regarding the specific career stages that can be supported and other eligibility requirements.

Funding Opportunity Announcements:

Other Opportunities:

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research – ENDURE Undergraduate Program

The Blueprint initiative "Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)"  aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

The goal is to provide such individuals with training at the undergraduate level, so that they are prepared to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs. ENDURE will provide this undergraduate training through partnerships between research-intensive institutions and institutions with a substantial enrollment of neuroscience majors from diverse groups. This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ENDURE undergraduate training programs will support a range of activities to increase student interest and involvement in the neurosciences, including research experiences, core and advanced neuroscience courses, seminars, and journal clubs.

For more information about this program please visit the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research ENDURE Program website .