MGH NIH Diversity Supplements Program


The Mongan Institute is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. We are seeking PIs at Massachusetts General Hospital with eligible NIH grants who are interested in applying for supplements to mentor a diversity scholar. The NIH-funded Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research ("NIH Diversity Supplements") aim to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, especially those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.

After connecting with PIs, we will seek to connect with eligible scholars (undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, post-doctorates, and faculty members) from an underrepresented minority (URM) background. The information we collect from PIs about their eligible grants will be posted to a repository on our website. Interested eligible scholars will then be able to contact PIs independently to apply for NIH-funded Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. 

Call for Interested PI Mentors

If you are a principal investigator (PI) at Massachusetts General Hospital interested in connecting with a candidate to apply for an NIH Diversity Supplement, please fill out the interest form below to add your grant(s) to the repository of eligible grants, which will be updated weekly and publicly accessible on our website. Please note that interested scholars will reach out to you directly and that we do not guarantee a match or connection with a scholar. 


The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) also runs a similar program with investigators at Harvard and affiliated institutions who focus on nutrition and obesity-related research. If you are a PI whose work falls into such categories, please submit your interest on their website

Please make sure to read the information below to confirm your eligibility before completing the form. 


About NIH Diversity Supplements

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital. This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. It supports the research training of underrepresented trainees and faculty by providing training, mentorship, and career development.

  • Supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.​​

  • Budget requests for supplements must fall within the budget cycle of the existing grant and not extend beyond the grant’s project end date.

  • Supplements are more quickly processed and do not go through a full review. 

  • Supplements can provide funding for summer internships, or for full-time 1-to-2–year projects, depending on the candidate’s level (student, post-bacc, post-doctoral, junior faculty), as well as a small amount for manuscripts and travel to international meetings. 

  • This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. 


PI Eligibility for NIH Diversity Supplements

​Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code(s). Note, however, that not all participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support all the activity codes listed below. We encourage you to consult the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts for details about your eligibility and to connect with your program officer to discuss your application further. 

  • R00, R01, R03, R15, R18, R21, R21/R33, R24, R33, R34, R35, R37, R41, R41/R42, R42, R43, R43/R44, R44, R61/R33, RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, RF1, RM1, SC1, SC2, SC3, U01, U10, U13, U18, U19, U2C, U24, U41, U42, U44, U54, U56, UC2, UC4, UG1, UG3/UH3, UH3, UM1, UM2, UF1, DP1, DP2, DP4, DP5, G12, G20, P01, P20, P30, P40, P41, P50, P51, P60, P2C, PM1, PN2


Scholar Eligibility for NIH Diversity Supplements

Below we've included a brief overview of eligibility for research scholars interested in applying for a NIH Diversity Supplement with an eligible PI. Please visit the NIH website and read the full funding announcement for more details. 

We are seeking to connect scholars at the following career levels with our PIs: 

  • Undergraduate students

  • Post-baccalaureates 

  • Graduate students

  • Post-doctoral trainees

  • Junior faculty 

Candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Individuals from an underrepresented racial/ethnic group: 

    • Black or African American​

    • Hispanic or Latino/a/x

    • American Indian or Alaska Native, and/or

    • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 

  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the ADA of 1990

  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those meeting two or more of the following criteria: 

    • ​Were or are currently homeless

    • Were or are currently in the foster care system

    • Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years

    • Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree

    • Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants

    • Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child, or

    • Grew up in one of the following areas: i) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer, or ii) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas



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