Health Equity Research Program

NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research

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.

Program Information

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

  • 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.


    • 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.
  • Review the following website for eligibility details: PA-20-166: Funding Opportunity Announcement.

    • Eligible grants as of 5/11/2020:
      DP1, DP2, DP4, DP5, G12, G20, P01, P20, P2C, P40, P41, P50, P51, P60, PM1, R00, R01, R03, R15, R18, R21, R24, R33, R34, R35, R37, R41, R42, R43, R44, R61, RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, RF1, RM1, SC1, SC2, SC3, U01, U10, U13, U18, U19, U24, U2C, U41, U42, U44, U54, U56, UC2, UC4, UF1, UG1, UG3, UH2, UH3, UM1, UM2

    Please be sure to contact your program officer to determine if your grant is eligible.

    • 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 typically eligible. Students who are supported by an Institutional NRSA are eligible once they have completed the grant. Contact your program officer to verify eligibility.
    • 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.


  • We highly recommend PIs review the NIH Diversity Supplement Presentation by an NIH Program Director listed in the “Useful Links and Resources” section of this page for guidance on the application process.

    Step 1

    Contact your program officer.

    Step 2

    Follow institute-or center-specific information.

  • 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 us 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.