Office for Teaching, Education and Research
NIH Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research
In collaboration with Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity, the Office for Teaching, Education and Research (OTER) aims to increase the use of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements, to diversify research faculty, trainees and staff at the research institute.
Diversity supplements are additional funding that support the research training and career development of underrepresented minority trainees and faculty.
- They provide a livable salary/stipend.
- They can provide funding for summer internships or for full-time 1-to-2–year projects, depending on the candidate’s educational level (student, post–BA/BS, postdoctoral trainee, junior faculty).
- They can provide a small amount for manuscript development
- They can provide a small amount for travel to international conferences.
- They are a great way to prepare for higher levels of education such as graduate school or a postdoctoral fellowship.
- They show a commitment to diversity in your research project.
- They allow you to receive additional funding to support outstanding individuals to work on your project.
- The application is short.
- The application is quickly processed and does not go through a full review.
- They have a high funding rate.
- They provide administrative support for candidates at the following career levels:
- High school students
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate students
- Post-baccalaurate students
- Postdoctoral trainees
Candidates must meed the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
- Candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as consistent with NIH policy. For more information, see Racial and Ethnic Categories and Definitions for NIH Diversity Programs.
- Self-identify as an individual with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities. See the specific definition in the Americans With Disabilities Act.
- Be from a disadvantaged background as defined in the program announcement specific to each participating organization.
People who are already supported on research grants (especially the parent grant) are not eligible. Students who are supported by an Institutional NRSA are eligible once they have completed the grant.
Graduate students or people in postdoctoral training who are supported by an Institutional NRSA may not be transferred to supplemental support before completing their appointed period of training.
OTER has partnered with the CDHE to compile a database of currently held grants eligible for the NIH Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research.
Please explore this repository of eligible grants in order to find a research project that might suit your interest.
Once you've discovered a grant that matches your interest, please submit our NIH Supplement Interest Form below.
To express your interest in one of our diversity supplements, please submit this interest form, and we will respond to your interest as soon as possible.