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Your Environment. Your Health.

Workforce Diversity Supplements

Diverse Researcher’s Integrated Virtual Engagement Network (DRIVEN!)

DRIVEN! offers resources and networking opportunities for individuals who have received diversity supplements.

NIEHS is committed to ensuring a diverse environmental health science workforce. Workforce Diversity Supplements are one way we help grantees recruit and train people who are typically underrepresented in the environmental health science field, or who are re-entering the workforce after taking time off for personal reasons.

What is the funding opportunity announcement for this supplement?

PA-21-071: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Who can apply?

Principal investigators (PIs) with active NIEHS research grants who have at least two years or more of funding remaining are eligible to apply.

What can funds be used for?

Diversity supplement funding can be used to cover the costs of providing laboratory experiences to a wide array of individuals, including high school students, science teachers, undergraduate students in health-related sciences, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and scientists re-entering the work force after taking time off for family responsibilities.

What are the submission deadlines?

NIEHS reviews diversity supplement applications once a month to minimize the time from application to award. Meritorious diversity supplements received after June 1 may not be awarded until after the start of the next fiscal year in October, pending availability of funds.

Are there restrictions?

Individuals may receive support under these programs for only one grant at any time; however, someone may be supported by more than one grant during their research career.

A research grant may only have one supplement award at a time in most cases.

How long can individuals be supported by diversity supplements?

  • High School Students and Undergraduates: One year but can be extended (12 months+)
  • Predoctoral: Up to three years (36 months)
  • Postdoctoral: Up to two years (24 months)
  • Investigator: Up to two years (24 months)

Who is eligible for Diversity Supplement support?

NIH does not determine eligibility with regard to the categories listed below. We encourage PIs who are submitting an application for a diversity supplement to review the specific eligibility criteria in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). It is up to the submitting institution to determine the candidate’s eligibility.

People eligible to be funded through a diversity supplement include:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic group underrepresented in biomedical research, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria:
    • Were, or currently are, homeless
    • Were, or currently are, in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families
    • Were eligible for federal free or reduced-price school meals for two or more years
    • Have or had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree
    • Were, or currently are, eligible for Federal Pell Grants
    • Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child
    • Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Area
    • Students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds

Program Contacts


Frederick L. Tyson
Fred Tyson, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel 984-287-3334
Fax 919-564-5064
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, N.C. 27709


Heather F. Henry, Ph.D.
Heather Henry, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Superfund Research Program
Tel 984-287-3268
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Durham, N.C. 27709

Grants Management:

Michelle Victalino
Michelle Victalino
Grants Management Officer
Tel 984-287-3336
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-11
Durham, N.C. 27709
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