Diversity Programs

The Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) offers and participates in a variety of opportunities for researchers with underrepresented backgrounds. Below is information about our programs, current funding opportunities, and additional grant research opportunities that we collaborate with other groups and institutes to offer. If you have questions, please view the OMHRC staff by office page and contact the corresponding program staff.

Our Programs

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators

The main objective of the network is to encourage and facilitate participation of members from under-represented population groups and others interested in minority health to conduct biomedical research in the fields of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, digestive diseases, nutrition, kidney, and urologic and hematologic diseases.

Travel and Scholarship Awards

Awards and scholarships for travel to major meetings focused on minority communities are available for undergraduates, residents, and fellows.

High School and Undergraduate Programs

Summer research and training programs are available for students from under-represented groups.

Current Diversity Program Funding Opportunities

The table displays the five most recent funding opportunities for diversity programs. To view all NIDDK diversity opportunities, including the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Centers, view the Current Funding Opportunities table. Or, view NIH wide diversity opportunities.

View More Recent Funding Opportunities
  1. PA-18-412

    Addressing Health Disparities in NIDDK Diseases (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  2. PAR-18-102

    Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

  3. RFA-DK-17-015

    NIDDK Partnerships with Professional Societies to Enhance Scientific Workforce Diversity and Promote Scientific Leadership (R25)

  4. PAR-16-439

    Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)

  5. PAR-16-438

    Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)

View More Recent Funding Opportunities

Additional Research Grant Programs

  • The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health have a joint partnership supporting the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH). The NARCH initiative, started in the year 2000, supports partnerships between AI/AN Tribes or Tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive academic-level biomedical, behavioral, and health services research.

  • SCORE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of investigators at minority-serving institutions with 50 percent or more of student enrollments from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, and to increase the research capabilities of these institutions.

  • To address present health disparities, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), in collaboration with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), established the Minority Organ and Tissue Donation Program. With more organs and tissues from minority groups in the donor pool, the survival rates and quality of life of their members are expected to improve.

    Current Grantees:

    • Kimberly Arrioloa: Emory University
      • R01-DK-079713
    • Gerry Boss: UCSD (BOLD Project)
      • R01-DK-098780
    • Leigh Boulware: Johns Hopkins
      • RO1-DK-098759
    • Dedra Buchwald: University of Washington
      • R01-DK-098787
    • James Rodrigue: Beth Israel Deaconess
      • R01-DK-098727
    • Frank Treiber: Medical University of SC
      • R01-DK-098777
    • Francis Weng: St. Barnabas Medical Center
      • R01-DK-098744
  • The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide support for clinical scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds or disadvantaged backgrounds and clinical scientists with disabilities to conduct small research projects in the area of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, digestive diseases, hepatology, obesity, nutrition, kidney, urology, or hematology. The R03 is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources.

  • These funding supplements are intended to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce.