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Research Workforce Diversity and Equity Program

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship Supplement Award is accepting applications for administrative supplements to existing NIH awards. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding mentors who have demonstrated strong commitment and contributions to promoting DEIA. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 16, 2024.

Learn more about the award and how to apply 

The Research Workforce Diversity and Equity Program (RWDEP), located within the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD), was created in 2018 to promote the research training and career advancement for emerging neuroscientists and mental health researchers in support of NIH’s Interest in Diversity .

As part of the NIMH commitment to the biomedical research workforce, RWDEP supports highly talented students and investigators in the United States from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups . This support encompasses a wide range of individuals, from high school students to faculty members, all of whom play a vital role in advancing our understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

Training and mentoring opportunities span the entire spectrum of scientific research, from basic neuroscience to translational research and mental health services research.

RWDEP initiatives for enhancing the mental health research workforce

RWDEP is committed to promoting equity and enhancing training opportunities to help mental health investigators build independent research careers. Providing support for trainees and investigators is a fundamental part of building capacity and improving the future of mental health research. In addition, RWDEP sponsors workshops, activities, and programs that enhance research workforce diversity.

RWDEP uses a variety of mechanisms to help investigators gain and access:

  • Research funding and training opportunities
  • Mental health research mentors
  • Mental health research networks
  • Sustainable collaborative research activities

Funding opportunities that support diversity and career development

Learn about various funding opportunities designed to promote diversity, including awards for students, predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members, all contributing to a more diverse and inclusive research workforce.

  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    These are administrative supplements to active research grants to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctoral trainees, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. More information about NIMH diversity and re-entry supplements is available on our frequently asked questions page.
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative Research Supplements to Promote Diversity 
    These are administrative supplements to active BRAIN Initiative grants to enhance the diversity of the research workforce. Program directors/principal investigators of active grants are encouraged to identify eligible individuals throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level for support and scientific mentorship.

  • Individual NRSA for Diverse Ph.D. Students (F31)
    These fellowships support the research training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.
  • Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Increase Diversity (R36)
    These grants are designed to facilitate the completion of the doctoral research project. Predoctoral students at the dissertation stage should have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research.
  • NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award (F99/K00)  
    This award supports a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.

Explore awards for institutional programs supporting diversity and inclusion in neuroscience and mental health research. 

Program director

Brittany Haynes, Ph.D.
Program Director, Research Workforce Diversity and Equity
Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity
301-496-2767
brittany.haynes@nih.gov