New Information for NICHD Investigators Preparing Diversity (PA-16-288) or Reentry (PA-16-289) Supplement Applications

Notice Number: NOT-HD-16-001

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 31, 2016

Related Announcements

Issued by
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


This Notice is to inform the research community that NICHD is amending its participation in Program Announcements PA-16-288, "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Careers" and PA-16-289, "Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers". 

In addition to this Notice, guidance on NICHD's amended participation can be accessed through the "Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts" in the currently active funding opportunity announcements PA-16-288 and PA-16-289 respectively.

Effective immediately, NICHD is implementing procedures such that the "effective" due dates, review, and funding of diversity and re-entry supplement applications will take place during three cycles per year. While applications may be submitted at any time throughout a fiscal/calendar year, reviews will be conducted and funding decisions will be made only three times a year.  (See below.)

Receipt/Funding of Diversity and Reentry Supplement Applications


Application Due Dates


Funding Decisions

August 1 - October 30


November 1 - January 30



February 1 - May 15*




May 16 - July 31*



*Applications received between May 16 and July 31 will be reviewed with those received between August 1 and October 30.  Funding decisions will be made on the basis of administrative evaluation by NICHD staff with appropriate scientific expertise and availability of funds.  Supplemental information for NICHD application procedures for Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research can be found at (

Guidelines for Diversity and Re-Entry Supplements

NICHD typically makes diversity and re-entry supplement awards for the periods described in the table below.


Length of Award / Effort


High School

3-Month summer research experience



Summer months (i.e., 3 months) and/or an identified period during the academic year.

The candidate may participate in a research project during the summer months and/or the academic year.

Post BA/BS; Post MA/MS

Typically 1 year

The research experience can be extended for an additional year, pending the provision of evidence that the candidate is actively pursuing entry into a graduate or health professions school.


Up to 2 years



Up to 2 years



Short-Term: - 3 to 5 months/year*
Long-Term: - 2 years at minimum of 9 person months or 75% effort during each 12-month period.

*The Short-Term research experience may take place during the summer or another portion of the academic year over a total period 2 years.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Charisee Lamar, PhD, MPH, RRT
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-435-6977