Diversity Awards

Diversity Awards

Programs to enhance diversity focus on underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or institutions primarily serving underrepresented groups.

High School Through Faculty Awards


Administrative supplements to currently active NIH research grants to support the training of underrepresented individuals and enhance the diversity of the research workforce.


Administrative supplements to active NIH SBIR/STTR grants to enhance the diversity of the research workforce and increase the participation of women and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in small businesses

Predoctoral Awards


Fellowship support for the research training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.

F99/ K00*

The NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award supports the pre- to post-doctoral transition of diverse graduate students.

Postdoctoral Awards


To support diverse postdocs to develop their independent research skills through a two-phase program: an initial mentored research experience followed by a period of independent research.

K99/ R00*

To enhance biomedical research workforce diversity by supporting a mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for postdoctoral fellows working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative. 

Junior Faculty Awards


For support of diverse faculty scientists committed to research, in need of both advanced research training and additional experience.

Specific Institutional Eligibility


Support for individual investigator-initiated research projects aimed at developing researchers to a stage where they can transition successfully to other extramural support (R01 or equivalent).


Support for individual investigator-initiated pilot research projects to generate preliminary data for a more ambitious research project.

Institutional Programs


Supports NINDS mission-relevant programs to increase the pool of PhD-level neuroscience researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.


To encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter PhD degree programs in the neurosciences.