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. Further general information may be found in two NIH Guide Notices, Racial and Ethnic Categories and Definitions for NIH Diversity Programs and for Other Reporting Purposes and Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity.
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.
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.
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:
- Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-20-222)
- Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PA-18-592)
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.
NIH Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program
NIH will provide support to institutions to recruit diverse groups or “cohorts” of early-stage research faculty and prepare them to thrive as NIH-funded researchers. Progress has been made to increase participation of historically underrepresented groups in biomedical research training stages, however members of these groups are still less likely to be hired into positions as independently-funded faculty researchers, according to previous studies. These groups include underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women. Two new funding announcements were released as part of the NIH Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program to enhance inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions.
Inclusive excellence has diversity and equity at its core, building inclusion into all organizational functions and establishing hallmarks for successful operationalization of inclusion. The FIRST program will provide funds for faculty recruitment and to establish inclusive environments at participating institutions to help those faculty succeed. The program’s estimated budget is $241 million over nine years, pending the availability of funds.