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Diversity supplements are funds added to an existing grant to increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in biomedical research. NINDS will support more than one supplement per parent grant. Detailed information regarding this policy can be found here:
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. 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.
Director of Diversity Training and Workforce Development
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity
Telephone: (301) 451-7966
Eligibility for the PA: PD(s)/PI(s) are encouraged to consider administrative supplements under this program at the following career levels: high school students, undergraduate students, baccalaureate and master’s degree holders, graduate (predoctoral) and health professional students, individuals in postdoctoral training, and investigators developing independent research careers. 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 the 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.
Specifically for the Investigator level, appropriate use and eligibility for the program are described below :
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 personal statement in the candidate's biosketch must outline 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. It is recommended that the request be sent by either 1) electronic submission via eRA Commons or 2) by emailing a PDF file.
1) Electronic Submissions: NIH now offers a streamlined system through the eRA Commons for submitting administrative supplements. Login to the eRA Commons, identify the parent award, and prepare an administrative supplement request. All candidates for supplemental diversity award support must also have a profile in the eRA Commons.
Include the candidate’s eRA Commons Username and attach the Research Experience Plan (described below in the PHS 398 Research Plan Form), Candidate Biosketch (described in the Senior/Key Personnel Form, also called the Applicant Biosketch), and the Candidate Eligibility Statement (described in Other Project Information/Appendix, also called the Applicant Eligibility Statement) in the fields provided. Although only one candidate may be supported under each request submitted using this system, grantees may submit multiple requests on the same parent award.
Budget information should be entered for the grantee institution in the fields provided. There is no template or form available for subaward information; instead, all subaward information should be included as a separate attachment showing the funds requested (by budget period) using the same categories provided for the grantee institution. Also include a budget justification for the subawardee institution in the same file.
For more guidance on option 1, please see the FOA: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-322.html and eRA Commons user guide: http://era.nih.gov/commons/user_guide.cfm
2) Email submissions: The NINDS accepts the submission of Diversity Supplement applications as a single PDF electronic file.
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 using option 2 (email submission) should be sent to: NINDSDiversityTraining@ninds.nih.gov
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 Modified May 10, 2016