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Research Supplements for Graduate Research Assistants with Disabilities

Note that this program was merged with the Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minority Graduate Research Assistants to form

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for Graduate Research Assistants.

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This supplement enables principal investigators with eligible NHLBI research grants to include graduate students with disabilities in their projects. The research proposed for the student must be part of the approved research for the parent grant or a logical extension. The student must be given opportunities to interact with other individuals on the grant and to contribute intellectually to the study.

Funds may be requested to make changes or adjustments in the laboratory setting that will enable the student with disabilities to perform the essential functions associated with his or her research project. Accommodation requests must be reasonable in relationship to the direct costs of the parent grant.

Only one graduate supplement will be awarded per parent grant. Decisions to fund a supplement are made 8 to 10 weeks after all information is received.

Who is eligible? All principal investigators at U.S. institutions with eligible NHLBI research grants who wish to offer research experiences to graduate students with disabilities who are interested in biomedical or behavioral science to develop their research capabilities

The opportunities? Research training

Duration of support? Summer, during the academic year, or a combination of summer and academic year

Where? At the principal investigator's institution

Applications due? Any time, but no later than 3 months before the last 2 years remaining on the NHLBI research grant

The program is announced annually in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts available by subscription or by accessing the NIH Website. Previous announcements can be used to prepare draft applications since the program requirements and receipt dates do not change significantly from year to year.

The most recent announcement can be found at the following URL:

The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the category Request for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements through the application receipt date.

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Stipend: Salary and stipend for graduate research assistants is limited to a maximum of $26,000 per year plus up to $4,000 per year for tuition, supplies, travel, and other. The salary must be consistent with the level of effort.

How to apply: Principal investigators should contact the NHLBI program administrator who administers the parent grant or:

Helena O. Mishoe, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Office of Minority Health Affairs, NHLBI
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6218a
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7913
Phone: (301) 451-5081
FAX: (301) 480-0862

March 2004

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