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NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for Post Baccalaureate (PBS) and Post Master's (PMS) Degree Holders

This supplement enables Principal Investigators with eligible NHLBI research grants/contracts to include Post Baccalaureate (PBS) and Post Master's (PMS) Degree holders in their projects. Priority is given to applications requesting support for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (Post Baccalaureate). 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 objective of this program is to reach out to baccalaureate and master’s degree holders who are interested in biomedical, behavioral, biometric, clinical, nursing or social sciences research and provide an opportunity for a candidate to spend up to 2 years engaged in health-related research while applying for admission to graduate or medical school. Post baccalaureate (PBS) and post master's (PMS) degree holders are expected to conduct a defined research project (i.e., a logical extension of the goals and objectives of the parent grant, subproject, or contract) that will lead toward a new or more advanced research skill set.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity Web links:

NIH Program Announcement (PA-12-149) Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

For additional information specific to the NHLBI, please see the NHLBI Research Supplement Application Guidelines

The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the category 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/contracts who wish to offer research experiences to a candidate who has recently completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree (within 24 months) at time of award, with expressed intent of completing a graduate/medical degree. Post Baccalaureate (PBS) and Post Master's (PMS) Degree holder supplement levels require at least one year remaining on the parent grant/contract at the time of award.

The opportunities? Research training

Duration of support? Requires full time research effort for each year of support. May be funded for 1 year to a maximum of 2 years. If the duration is initially for one year, it can be extended for an additional year as a supplement “cost” extension, only if evidence is provided to show that the candidate is actively pursuing entry into a graduate or a health professions school.

Where? At the Principal Investigator's institution

Applications due? Applications should arrive at least three months before the request before the requested start date, to allow time for review. Awards are made seven times per year (January, February, May, June, July, August, and September). Note: Applications requesting support by the end of the fiscal year must be received by May 31. Please check the NHLBI Research Supplement Application Guidelines for application receipt and award start schedule.

Salary: Candidate salary and fringe benefits should be reasonable and consistent with the institutional salary policies and cannot exceed the amount allowed for graduate students (see NIH Guide announcement, Additional funds up to $3,000 per year may be requested for supplies and travel.  Up to $1,000 of this amount should be for travel to scientific meeting(s). 

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.
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS)
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

Last Updated: May 2014

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