Diversity Supplements

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (often called Diversity Supplements) to facilitate the participation of individuals who identify with under-represented groups in health-related research careers. These supplements also support program directors or principal investigators of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to continue to work on the research project.

The Diversity Supplements Working Group of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee aims to increase the number of Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics members with NIH diversity supplement awards through increasing member knowledge of, and ability to apply for, these supplement mechanisms.

Please contact a member of the DEB Diversity Supplement Working Group if you are considering applying for an NIH Diversity Supplement!

Diversity Supplement Working Group Members: Meghan D. Morris, Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access; Dara Torgerson, Beverly Bitagon, Iona Cheng, Mindy Hebert-Derouen, Shelley DeVost, Crystal Loucel, Georgina Lopez, Suzanna Martinez, Kala Mehta, Asha Robertson, Susan Rubin, Cameron Scott, Starley Shade, Erin Van Blarigan, Jennifer Velloza and Lydia Zablotska.

Why Diversity Supplements Matter

A diverse scientific workforce increases innovation, enhances learning environments, improves the rigor and generalizability of research, and enhances public trust. Yet, many social groups are under-represented in the health-related research workforce, including minoritized racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Diversity supplements are one strategy to increase access to health-related research careers and increase the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.