Diversity Supplement Program

Diversity in the biomedical research workforce is of upmost importance to effectively address the myriad of health conditions facing the US, especially those that disproportionately effect underserved communities. Fresh eyes, new perspectives, and sheer determination can take research to new heights and help those most in need.

Our Goal

We aspire to expand diversity in the research workforce. One of the ways we are fostering diversity is through the Diversity Supplement Program. The diversity supplement is a bridge towards independence for promising researchers from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

Benefits of the Diversity Supplement Program

The supplement can

  • cover the full cost for the applicant along with supply cost
  • provide up to two years of salary support for candidates as they gather preliminary data to apply for their own independent research awards
  • support researchers from underrepresented background grow as scientist and researchers
  • foster diversify the biomedical research workforce

Photo of Armando PenaSupplement recipient’s’ perspective. "The Diversity Supplement supported my training and research that focuses on understanding redox balance and inflammatory mediators of insulin sensitivity in response to lifestyle intervention among Latino youth with obesity and prediabetes. This work was instrumental to the development of a competitive F31 application." - Armando Peña, M.S., Doctoral Student

How to Apply

To apply for a supplement, a candidate must be supported by their institution and provide, as part of the application, the documents set forth by the funding announcement, PA-20-222. NIDDK specific Instructions and information can be found on the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research page.

Characteristics of a Strong Application

Applications that fare the best have several things in common

Candidate

  • Strong personal statement from the candidate speaking to research interest and interest in diversity
  • Thought out Individual development plan
  • Solid training and mentoring plans built on developing long-term research potential

Institution

  • Advance meeting with the NIDDK Program Officer to discuss research plans
  • Commitment to the applicant
  • Consideration of the next step for the candidate’s development and training plans (i.e. Graduate students who have not submitted a F-31 application prior to the end of their first year of support may have their diversity supplement support withdrawn.)

Questions?

If you are interested in applying, have a candidate you think would be an asset to the research community, or have questions about the program, contact the program director