Notice to Encourage Eligible NHGRI Awardees to Apply for PA-18-906 "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Notice Number: NOT-HG-19-010

Key Dates
Release Date: December 19, 2018

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National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


This Notice encourages eligible National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) awardees to apply for administrative supplements in response to PA-18-906, "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research." Funds can be requested for up to two years of support beginning in FY 2019.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is committed to enhancing the pool of individuals from diverse backgrounds who have the training to pursue careers in genome sciences, genomic medicine, and genomics and society research. The research mission of the NHGRI encompasses a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome, its role in health and disease, and its impact on individuals, communities and society more broadly.

Now, more than ever, genome sciences and genomic medicine research offer tremendous opportunities for improving human health, and genomics and society research offers the chance to not only improve human health, but also to explore some of the most profound ethical, legal and social issues of our time. NHGRI wants the best minds to engage in this research. Given the breadth of genomic research and it's potential to affect all human populations, it is essential to have individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to participate in setting the research agenda, performing the research and examining the broader issues raised by it.

Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PI) of active NHGRI research grants are thus encouraged to identify eligible individuals, including those from underrepresented groups, for support and mentorship under the auspices of this supplement opportunity. Individuals from the identified groups are eligible throughout the training continuum from undergraduate to the faculty level. The activities proposed in the supplement application must fall within the scope and advance the objectives of the parent grant, and also support the research training and professional development of the supplement candidate. Applicants are encouraged to provide detailed information and a timeline describing the candidate's expected progression to the next stage in their research career. PIs must reference this Notice in the cover letter and application.

Diversity supplement awardees, as appropriate for the duration of their support and career stage, may request funds, in addition to the research costs specified in PA-18-906, to enable the supplement candidate to attend the Annual NHGRI Training meeting, held each year in a different geographical location in the United States. This request for additional funds should be reasonable and well justified in the application. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Program Official for the parent grant or the contact listed below before submitting an application to confirm eligibility and to obtain technical assistance. Supplement requests under this Notice (and submitted to PA-18-906) will undergo administrative evaluation by NHGRI staff.

Applications will be considered according to the following schedule:

Application Due Date Window                                   

Administrative supplements may be submitted throughout the fiscal year, but should be requested at least 90 days prior to the anticipated need, and no later than May 15.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Genomic Sciences:
Tina Gatlin, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-480-2280
Genomic Medicine:
Heather Colley, M.S.
Phone: 301-480-2332
Genomics and Society:
Joy Boyer
Phone:  301-480-2247