In collaboration with Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Office for Teaching, Education and Research, the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s aims to increase the use of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements, to diversify research faculty, trainees and staff at the research institute. Our goal is to increase the diversity of research participants across Seattle Children’s, and at our Institute for Translational Health Sciences institutional partners.

What is a diversity supplement?

Diversity supplements are additional funding that support the research training of underrepresented minority trainees and faculty by providing training, mentorship and career development.

Why should you apply for a diversity supplement?

Principal investigators:

  • 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.
  • They are short.
  • They are quickly processed and do not go through a full review.
  • They have a high funding rate.

Candidates/trainees:

  • They provide a livable salary/stipend for people supported on them.
  • They can provide funding for summer internships, or for full-time 1-to-2–year projects, depending on the candidate’s level (student, post–BA/BS, postdoctoral trainee, junior faculty).
  • They provide a small amount for manuscripts and travel to international meetings.
  • They are a great way to prepare for graduate school.

Determine Your Eligibility for a Diversity Supplement

Eligible grants: G12, P01, P20, P30, P40, P41, P50, P51, P60, P2C, PM1, PN2, U10, U19, U2C, U41, U42, U54, U56, UC2, UL1, UM2, DP1, DP2, DP3, DP4, DP5, G20, RC2, RC3, RC4, R01, R03, R15, R18, R21, R24, R33, R34, R35, R37, R41, R42, R43, R44, R61/R33, RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, RM1, RF1, SC1, SC2, SC3, U01, U13, U18, U24, U44, UB1, UC4, UG1, UG3, UH2, UH3, UM1, UF1

  • Supplements support goals within the scope of the original grant.
  • Budget requests for supplements must fall within the budget cycle of the existing grant and not extend beyond the grant’s project end date.
  • PIs can submit an administrative supplement for candidates at the following career levels:
    • High school students
    • Undergraduate students
    • Graduate students
    • Post–BA/BS graduates
    • Postdoctoral trainees
    • Junior faculty
  • Additional eligibility:
    • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
    • Candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • 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.

(See the NIH website for complete eligibility details.)

How can the PI get started with applying for a diversity supplement?

Step 1

Contact your program officer.

Step 2

Follow institute- or center-specific information:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Fogarty International Center (FIC)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)   
  • Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)
  • Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)

How can a trainee get started with applying for a diversity supplement?

Step 1

Explore our database of grants at Seattle Children's Research Institute eligible for NIH Diversity Supplements.

Step 2

Express your interest with our NIH Supplement Interest Form. We will respond to your interest as soon as possible. 

Useful Links and Resources

Contact Us

If you’re interested in matching with a student in order to apply for an NIH Diversity Supplement, please email Amal Saleh a one-paragraph description of your research project or lab to be added to the repository of eligible grants. This list will be made available to eligible students, postdocs and early faculty who express an interest in diversity supplements.