Research Supplements to Promote Diversity
in Health-Related Research for
High School Students
enables principal investigators with eligible NHLBI research
grants/contracts to include high school students in their
projects. Priority is given to applications requesting support
for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups,
individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged
backgrounds. Nationally, underrepresented groups in biomedical
research careers include but are not limited to African Americans,
Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native
Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
The research activity proposed for the student must be part
of the approved research for the parent grant or contract. The student should be encouraged to
participate in ongoing team discussions of research findings
The purpose of this program is to provide high school students
with an opportunity to obtain a meaningful experience in various
aspects of health-related research to stimulate their interest
in careers in biomedical, behavioral, biometric, clinical,
nursing and social sciences. Students are expected to devote
sufficient effort to the research project and related activities
during the period of support to gain insight into the process
of scientific discovery. Support for at least three months
is encouraged during any one year. Principal Investigators
are encouraged to seek high school students who will devote
at least two years to this program (i.e., equivalent to two
three-month, full-time periods).
More than one high school research supplements can be awarded per research
grant, subproject of a program project grant (P01), or contract.
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity Web links:
Announcement (PA-12-149) for Research Supplements to Promote
Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)
For additional information specific to the NHLBI, please
NHLBI Research Supplement Application Guidelines
The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the
Request for Applications/Proposals & Program
Announcements with the application receipt date.
Who is eligible? All principal investigators
at U.S. institutions with eligible NHLBI research grants or
contracts may apply. Grants/contracts with adequate time for
a summer research experience or one year remaining at the
time of award are eligible to apply for high school students.
The opportunities? Research training
Duration of support? At least three months
is encouraged during any one year. This may include a mixture
of full-time summer experience and part-time experience during
the school year.
Where? At the principal investigator's institution.
Applications due? Any time, however, applications
should arrive at least three months before
the requested start date, to allow time for review.
Note: Applications requesting support by the end of the fiscal
year must be received by May 31. Please check the Guidelines for application receipt and award start schedule.
Stipend: The salary for a high school student,
whether full or part time, should be consistent with the institutional
salary policies. Institutional salary rates for high school
students, which exceed the hourly minimum wage, must be justified.
An additional amount of $1,000 per year may be requested for
supplies and travel to scientific meetings, home, school,
and/or research site. Equipment may not be purchased with
Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities:
As a part of this award, funds may be requested to make changes
or adjustments in the research setting that will make it possible
for an otherwise qualified employee with a disability to perform
the essential functions associated with his/her role on the
project. The accommodations requested under this program must
be DIRECTLY related to the performance of the proposed role
on the research project and must be appropriate to the disabilities
of the individual.
How to apply: Principal investigators should
contact the NHLBI program administrator who administers the
parent grant/ contract or:
Nara Gavini, Ph.D.
Office of Research Training and Minority
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 9184, MSC 7913
Bethesda, MD 20892-7913
Phone: (301) 451-5081
Fax: (301) 480-0862
- Revised October 2012