The UW School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to mentoring and training the next generation of public health professionals and prioritize equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Using NIH Diversity Supplements is one way we can support our diverse health science researchers. Brief FAQ’s are below and you can find detailed information and resources for applying in the links on the right under “LEARN MORE”.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize that achieving diversity in the biomedical research workforce is critical to the full realization of our national research goals, and supports the development of a diverse and well-trained research workforce through “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research" (PA-20-222). The goal of these supplements is to increase diversity in the research workforce by providing training, mentorship and career development opportunities to individuals who are underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, social and basic sciences research.
Supporting investigators and trainees in securing Diversity Supplements directly aligns with the UW SPH commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. SPH is committed to training a diverse and inclusive public health workforce that embodies humility, respect, leadership and service on behalf of, and with, the diverse communities we are privileged to serve. NIH Diversity Supplements are part of the UW School of Public Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Road Map (2019), Action 4.7, which promotes the use of research grants to increase opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty.
For principal investigators, diversity supplements:
- Shows a commitment to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion
- Allow you to receive additional funding to support outstanding individuals on your project for 6 months – 5 years, depending on the current budget cycle of your grant
- Have a relatively short application process
- Are quickly processed (typically <10 weeks) and do NOT go through a full review
- Have a high funding rate (>50%)
For candidates/trainees, diversity supplements:
- Allow you to gain hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor
- Provide you with a salary/stipend, tuition, and insurance benefits
- May provide additional funding for your research project (dependent on career level)
- Provide experience writing an NIH-grant
- Provide opportunities to travel to national/international meetings and present your research
- Are a great way to prepare you for your next career phase
Eligible applicants are US Citizens, non-citizen nationals of the US, and individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551) that meet ONE or more of the following eligibility criteria: individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. More details on eligibility criteria can be downloaded.
Please join our SPH Diversity Supplement Listserv to submit your questions, connect with Diversity Supplement awardees to coordinate information meetings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your questions to the group.
Note: All current and former Diversity Supplement awardees are encouraged to join this to provide support to new applicants and discuss your experience. Participation may include a brief email exchange or setting-up a time to meet with potential candidates. Requests happen on a rolling basis, and you can opt-in or out of the listserv and requested email exchanges at any time, by emailing us at email@example.com.
- UW Health Sciences hosted a Diversity Supplement Workshop series for faculty and students in 2020. Below are links to videos of the workshops, which include opening remarks from leadership; presentation by Lynn Morin, an NIH project officer (faculty workshop only); faculty panel discussing their Diversity Supplement experiences; and student testimonials:
- NIH General Diversity Supplement program announcement (PA-20-222)
- Great resources from NIDA:
- Updated list of eligible grants and potential research projects from investigators at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the Seattle Children’s Diversity Supplement Connections Program website
Additional information can be found on the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and UW School of Medicine, Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
Revised: Oct 23, 2020