Research Supplements to Promote Diversity
in Health-Related Research for
enables principal investigators with eligible NHLBI research
grants/contracts to include undergraduate students 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. 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 student must be part of the
approved research for the parent grant/contract. The student should be encouraged to participate
in ongoing team discussions of research findings and directions.
The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students
who are interested in biomedical, behavioral, biometric, clinical,
nursing, or social sciences research to participate in a research
project during the summer months and/or during the academic
school year. Students are expected to devote the equivalent
of at least three months of full-time effort to the research
project and related activities in any one year and, in most
cases, the period of support for any individual should last
at least two years.
More than one undergraduate research supplements can be awarded per
research grant, subproject of a program project grant (P01),
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
see the NHLBI Research
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
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 undergraduate students.
The opportunities? Research training
Duration of support? At least three months
of full-time effort in any one year and, in most cases, the
period of support for any individual should last at least
Where? At the principal investigator's institution or another academic 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 (no fringe benefits)
for an undergraduate student should be consistent with the
institutional salary policies. Institutional rates for undergraduate
salary that exceeds $12 per hour must be justified. An additional
amount of $200 per month for supplies and travel may also
be requested. Up to $1,000 per year of this amount should
be for travel to scientific meetings or between home, school,
and/or research site. Equipment may not be purchased using
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