Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related
for New Independent Investigators
The Investigator Research Supplement enables principal investigators
with eligible NHLBI research grants/contracts to include recently
appointed junior faculty (within 24 months) from underrepresented
racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or
individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in their projects.
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 proposed for the investigator is expected to
have a defined research project which must be a logical extension
of the parent grant/contract. The investigator must be given
opportunities to interact with other individuals on the grant/contract,
to contribute intellectually to the project, and to enhance
his or her ability to compete for independent grant/contract
The investigator research supplement provides long-term research
support for faculty members to enhance their research skills
and establish an independent research career in biomedical,
behavioral, biometric, clinical, nursing or social sciences.
The investigator must have a doctoral level degree, have at
least one full year of documented postdoctoral research experience,
and hold a recent junior faculty appointment (within 24 months).
The award provides support for a minimum of 18 months and a
maximum of 4 years. Full-time research effort (at least 40
hrs/wk or 75% effort) is required. However, individuals with
clinical, other research or teaching responsibilities may
request a minimum of 50% research effort.
Appointment of more than one postdoctoral supplement to a research grant, subproject of a program project grant (P01), or contract will depend on the nature of the parent grant/contract, the circumstances of the request, and the program balance of the NHLBI. A separate application must be submitted for each candidate provided adequate laboratory space and mentorship are assured.
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity Web links:
Announcement (PA-12-149) 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
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/contracts.
The parent grant/contract should have 18 months or more remaining
at the time the supplement is awarded.
The opportunities? Research training to
establish independent research careers.
Duration of support? Requires a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 4 years of support.
Where? At the principal investigator's institution
or another institution.
Applications due? Applications should arrive at least three months before the requested start date, to allow time for review, as awards are made five times per year
(December, February, April, June, and August). Principal Investigators
are strongly encouraged to synchronize the requested start
date for the supplement award with the budget start date for the parent grant (this does not apply to contracts) for postdoctoral and investigator level supplements. The NHLBI may synchronize the requested start date if it is within three months of the budget start date of the parent grant to eliminate more than one award being made in a single fiscal year.
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.
Salary: Maximum of $75,000 a year salary
plus fringe benefits and a maximum of $10,000 a year for supplies
and travel. Up to $1,000 per year of this amount should be
used for travel to scientific meetings. Equipment may not
be purchased except in unusual circumstances and not without
prior approval of the NHLBI.
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