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Minority Funding Resources

A number of funding institutions set aside monies to support researchers who are members of underrepresented minority groups, including the NIH and some private foundations.

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institutes of Health

Program Overview

The NIH is dedicated to increasing the number of scientists who are members of minority groups presently underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Toward this end, the NIH sponsors programs supporting research experiences for minorities from high school to the faculty level at grantee institutions. An overview of some of these programs can be obtained at the NIH Initiatives for Underrepresented Minority Investigators Website.

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Research Supplements

The best first step to obtaining independent research funding often is to receive training and supervision from an experienced senior researcher. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research offer an excellent opportunity to receive grant funds to work on an existing NIH grant with a senior researcher in a particular area of interest. The application information (which can be accessed by clicking on the link above) describes the requirements for all levels of research opportunities from high school through college, graduate school, and postgraduate studies to investigator level. The application also provides contact information for various NIH agencies, including the NIDA. Administrative supplements are much less competitive than peer-reviewed grant funding mechanisms and can provide an excellent entry point for a research career.

Supplements are also available for the following groups: persons with disablities, persons seeking research careers or reentering research, and minorities. Below is a listing with links to detailed information about the supplements.

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Career/Reentry Supplements

Research Supplements to Promote Reentry Into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-126.html

Reentry Supplements
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/training/supp_reentry.htm

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Disability Supplements

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-015.html

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Minority Supplements

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-015.html

Additional information and statistics about the research supplement program can be found at a Website developed by Dr. Walter Schaffer on NIH Minority Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities and Individuals With Disabilities
http://grants1.nih.gov/training/minoritysupplements/index.htm

Currently Funded Research

Individuals interested in this supplemental funding mechanism can also search the NIH CRISP database, a valuable source of information pertaining to awarded research projects and programs supported by the NIH and other Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. Details include award profiles and research project abstracts, which you can search by keywords. This can help you to identify a Principal Investigator who has a funded grant in your area of research interest.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

Research Facility Capacity Development

In its efforts to broaden and strengthen drug abuse research in minority institutions, the NIDA has initiated the Minority Institutions' Drug Abuse Research Development Program (MIDARP). Under this program, grants will be provided to develop the capacity of minority institutions and their faculty, staff, and students to conduct rigorous drug abuse research in all areas of research supported by the NIDA, including neuroscience, behavioral, clinical, and social science, public health, biological science, HIV/AIDS, and health services areas.

Follow link for more funding information and a list of current funding opportunities, or visit the Office of Minority Health Resource Center's Funding Resource and HealthWeb: Minority Health Education and Training.

 

 

 

 

  

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