October 30, 2023
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The purpose of the NIDDK’s Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DDEMD) Administrative Supplement Program is to enable additional clinical perspectives to be brought to on-going research projects within the Division's mission and to enhance the research expertise of selected physicians.The program will provide supplementary funds to support advanced research opportunities for exceptional emerging physician-scientists (hereafter, "candidates") holding the MD or equivalent or MD/PhD degrees, and who are early in their research careers.
The supplement is intended to allow candidates to expand their research experience to help them transition beyond their clinical training to the next stage of their research careers as physician-scientists.
Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of a currently funded basic, behavioral, and/or clinical DDEMD research project. PIs of projects focused on type 1 diabetes are highly encouraged to apply given the limited numbers of new MD researchers entering this area. All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential requests with the NIDDK DDEMD program director of the award for which they wish to submit a supplement application. See https://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/staff-directory/by-office/division-diabetes-endocrinology-metabolic-diseases for DDEMD program director contact information.
Applicants must describe:
NIDDK’s DDEMD is committed to enhancing diversity in the biomedical workforce. Thus, NIDDK encourages institutions to recruit prospective candidates from diverse backgrounds to consider participating in this program, including but not limited to individuals from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see NOT-OD-20-031).Who is Eligible to Apply?
Only PD/PIs supported by an active R01, U01, U54, UH3, UG3, UM1, RC2, DP1, DP2 or P01 award from NIDDK's DDEMD are eligible to work with their institutions to apply if they have at least one year of support remaining in the current project period as of July 1, 2024 for FY 2024 funding consideration or July 1, 2025 for FY2025 funding consideration. It is preferable that a supplement request is for two years to maximize the research exposure. However, well justified supplement requests of less than two years duration will be considered for funding on a case- by- case basis. PD/PIs must have an identified candidate who is eligible and meets the criteria described below at the time of application.
Each candidate must:
(1) Hold an MD or equivalent or an MD/PhD degree
(2) Be able to bring a relevant clinical perspective to the research project by being board-eligible or board-certified in the United States (US citizenship or permanent residency is not required, but candidates must have legal verification that allows them to work in the US)
(3) Have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application
(4) Have no current or prior independent career development support from either federal or non-federal funds
(5) Never been a PD/PI of a substantial NIH independent research award (R01, R21, etc., or equivalent)
(6) Be able to devote adequate time to the proposed research experience to make a substantial contribution to the project and to build their research expertise (e.g. typically six to nine person-months, equivalent to 50-75% professional effort), and
(7) Not currently be supported by the parent project with committed effort greater than one person-month. Candidates may have had prior fellowship support (e.g., F30, F32).
Application and Submission Information
Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.
Research Strategy (Research Experience Plan)
Describe the plan for the candidate’s research under the supplement that is within the scope of the funded parent DDEMD research project. Identify which research-related experiences will be new to the candidate and how these experiences will build their research expertise and foster their ability to contribute to the research project and future research in diabetes, endocrinology and/or metabolic diseases as a physician-scientist. Also detail the qualifications and track record of the PD/PI of the parent grant in mentoring MD (or equivalent degree) individuals and the specific plan for interactions and dedicated support of the MD supplement candidate during the research experience.
Indicate the goals that will be achieved during the 2-year timeframe of the supplement. They may include experience in new methodologies, publications, acquiring specific preliminary data or recruitment and/or testing of study participants and plans for applying for independent research funding. The research experience plan should also include the candidate’s prior research experience(s) and accomplishment(s), short- and long-term research objectives, and how the additional research experience will contribute to these goals.
All page limitations applicable to the parent award as described in the Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed, with the following additional requirements:
The NIDDK will provide support for the candidate’s annual salary, in accordance with the salary structure of the grantee institution, and consistent with the level of effort, up to $100,000 per year plus allowable fringe benefits. The supplement budget may include up to $25,000 per year for additional research-related costs such as assays, reagents and core services as well as the costs for travel of the MD candidate to a scientific conference, if justified. The preferred duration for the supplement request is two years. However, requests of at least one year will be considered. The parent award must have at least the same amount of time remaining on the application submission deadline used.
Application Due Date(s)
Applications must be received by 5 pm local time of the submitting institution on the following:
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 for awards in June to August 2024, and Thursday, February 6, 2025 for awards in June to August 2025.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections by the due date to errors found in the application during the submission process.
For funding consideration, applicants must include "NOT-DK-23-021" (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.
Award Date(s)—June to August 2024 and June to August 2025
Please direct all inquiries to:
Hanyu Liang, MD/PhD
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301- 443- 8737