Diversity supplements are funds added to an existing grant to increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in biomedical research.
This supplementary information applies to applications requesting selected research supplements to active National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) grants. Its purpose is to clarify the application process for NINDS grantees and is not intended to replace the detailed information in the program announcement:
At the time of a supplement application the parent grant must have a reasonable period of time remaining at the time of possible award to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. A reasonable period for a career development experience varies by level of training and must be justified in the application. A minimum of two years is appropriate for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and investigators. For high school or undergraduate students this period may be as short as a summer experience or one academic year. We do not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.
Prior to submission of an application, the Principal Investigator (Applicant) should contact the Program Director responsible for the supplements to discuss the proposed supplement. Critical issues to be discussed with the PD may also include, but are not limited to, the research development and mentoring plan activities.
Michelle D. Jones-London, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity
6001 Executive Blvd, NSC, Suite 2149
Bethesda, MD 20892-9535
Rockville, MD 20852 (for Express/Courier Service)
Telephone: (301) 451-7966
FAX: (301) 594-5929
Eligibility for the PA: All categories for Diversity Supplement should define their eligibility for the PA in the form of a letter signed by the PI and countersigned by an Institution official.
For diversity supplement program, NINDS accepts any applicant that is determined to be underrepresented by the Grantee institution. The determination is usually supported by statistical or quantitative evidence of the underrepresentation of that particular group in biomedical or behavioral research at that institute or in the scientific research community (many use NSF statistical data).
For supplements to support individuals with disabilities, the application should include a statement providing information on the disability signed by the PI and countersigned by an Institution official
Application Content, Submission, Review, and Award of Applications
PIs should read the program announcement (under Application and Submission Information) for what to include in a supplement request. See below for further details and additional information that NINDS requires.
NINDS eight page guideline for the research and career plan which includes:
The PI mentoring experience, candidate statement, eligibility letter, biosketches and recommendations are not counted against the 8 page limit.
Mentoring Experience of the PI: All applicants should describe their experience and track record as a mentor.
Candidate Statement: As required by the PA, the candidate must provide a signed statement outlining short- and long-term research objectives and career goals. The candidate must describe how the planned activities are related to or will facilitate achievement of their career goals. Candidates are expected to submit career stage-appropriate grant applications during or at the end of the period of support. For example, if awarded a total of two years, one of the NINDS Special Terms and Conditions included on the Notice of Grant Award will state that the next budget period support for the supplementee is contingent upon the submission of a competitive National Research Service Award (NRSA) or an equivalent form of fellowship support before the next year funds will be released. Thus a candidate's statement should include plans for the development and submission of such applications.
Transcript Requirements/References/Letters of Support: References/letters of support are optional but may be included in the supplement application
A strong emphasis is placed on the GPA as it is a reflection of academic performance. Only for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, post-master's, medical students or graduate students:
Submission and Receipt of Applications
Funding decisions for supplement applications will only be made three times a year, namely by the end of March, June, and December.
|Application Receipt Date||Final Funding Decision|
|November 16th to February 15th||March|
|February 16th to May 15th||June|
|August 1st to November 15th||December|
Applications received after the cycle cut-off date will be processed and considered for funding in the next funding cycle, i.e., receipt after February 15th, would mean review in June.
In making requests, the grantee institution, on behalf of the PI of the parent grant and in cooperation with the applicant individual, must submit the request for supplemental funds directly to the Grants Management Branch (GMB) of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) using the regular mail or email a PDF:
Electronic Submissions: The NINDS accepts the submission of Diversity Supplement Supplement applications as PDF electronic files. Electronic files of the application elements from the PHS 398 application package are available from the NIH Website at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm. The application must be a scanned PDF document
so that the appropriate signature of the authorized institutional representative is clearly legible. All elements of the application,
including elements not available for download from the PHS 398 application package, namely, transcripts, letters of recommendation,
etc., should be scanned as PDF files and included in the application as a single PDF file. The subject line of the email must contain only the phrase, "NINDS DIVERSITY SUPPLEMENT APPLICATION PDF" - all in caps.
Complete applications should be submitted to the email address: NINDSDiversityTraining@ninds.nih.gov
Or hard- three copies mailed to
Ms. Melissa Copeland
Diversity Supplement Coordinator
Grants Management Branch, NINDS
Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 3254, MSC 9537
Rockville, Maryland 20892
Phone: 301-496-7460, Fax: 301-402-0219
Review and Award of Applications
Funding decisions are generally dependent on: (1) the merit of the application and the proposed project activities (i.e., the career development/mentorship plan); (2) the potential for continued research progress of the candidate; and (3) the availability of funds.
Last updated April 12, 2012