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

General Information

The NIH is mandated by law (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.

Inclusion Guidance Links

The NIH has transitioned inclusion data monitoring from the Population Tracking system in eRA to the Inclusion Management System (IMS) (October 2014).

The following pages are links for inclusion-related policies, FAQs, and the IMS Deployment page.

1. Policy and Procedures
2. Training, FAQs and Other Resources
3. Using the Inclusion Management System (IMS)

Have an Inclusion Question?

The updates to NIH's inclusion policy are important and necessary to improve data accuracy and accountability. Inclusion related resources such as the IMS How-to-Videos or Using the Inclusion Management System (IMS) page 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 Contacts List: In addition your Program Officer or Grants Management Specialist, each Institute and Center has an inclusion policy contact listed here: NIH Inclusion Contacts
  3. NIH Inclusion Policy Office:
  4. For technical questions: eRA Helpdesk