Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects - Policy Implementation Page

General Information

NIH has two main policies concerning inclusion in funded research. This page provides information for the scientific community regarding the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in NIH-funded research. For information about the Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy, visit the Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy Implementation website.

The NIH is mandated by the Public Health Service Act sec. 492B, 42 U.S.C. sec. 289a-2 Link to External Site to ensure the inclusion of women and minority groups in clinical research. The goal is to ensure that individuals are included in clinical research in a manner that is appropriate to the scientific question under study.

Important News:

Starting June 9, 2018, the Human Subjects System (HSS) replaced the Inclusion Management System (IMS). The new system will be used by NIH staff, grant applicants, and recipients to manage human subjects information, including inclusion data. Please see guide notice NOT-OD-18-179 for details. For information about HSS, click here. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Inclusion Guidance Links

The following pages are links for inclusion-related policies, FAQs, and inclusion data management information.

1. Policy and Procedures
2. Training, FAQs, and Other Resources
3. Human Subjects System (HSS) Information Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Have an Inclusion Question?

The updates to NIH's inclusion policy are important and necessary to improve data accuracy and accountability. Inclusion related system resources would be a first step in attempting to answer any questions or problems:

If these resources do not sufficiently answer a question or problem, please address your inquires to the following places:

  1. Program Officers (POs): Please contact your Program officer or Grants Management Specialist at the Institute or Center that funds your award. 
  2. NIH Inclusion Policy Office:
  3. For technical questions: eRA Helpdesk