NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The vision of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to reduce disparities in diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health. The CCTS is committed to the advancement of a vibrant and diverse clinical and translational workforce through experiential training and effective mentoring with an emphasis on ‘translational thinking’ and team science approaches. The CCTS catalyzes scientific discovery toward health impact by fostering engaged collaborations that encourage creativity, innovation and different perspectives.

The CCTS Training Academy has the opportunity to support up to two (2) applications from across the Partner Network to respond to the NIH’s program announcement for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the translational research workforce. The period of support can extend up to two (2) years and must be tailored to the candidate’s proposed research project, training and mentoring plans. For investigators developing independent research careers, this supplement will provide up to and no more than $100,000/year for salary, plus fringe benefits per year. Additional funds of up to $10,000/year may be requested for supplies and travel. Costs should be strongly justified and based upon need but may not exceed $150,000 direct costs/year for an application for an investigator developing an independent research career.  Eligible investigators from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to submit a pre-application. From these proposals, two highly competitive early career scholars will be selected to move forward to the NIH submission.

Key Dates*

 Posted Date May 8, 2020
 Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) May 8, 2020
 Pre-Application Due Date July 5, 2020
 Scientific Merit Review July 2020
 Full Application Invitations On or before July 31, 2020
 Proposal Development August – September 2020
 Full Application Due Date (Invitation Required) October 1, 2020
 Awardees Notified By October 29, 2020
 Expiration Date May 22, 2023
*some dates may vary as a result of unanticipated delays 


Due to the application limits, this CCTS program is primarily intended to support full-time faculty who are early stage investigators (please see NIH definition). Faculty with previous/active K-awards are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Principal Investigators (PIs) must be based at one of the CCTS Partner Network institutions. In addition, applicants must represent at least one of the following categories:

  1. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.
  2. 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at
  3. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:
    1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at
    2. Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

The disadvantaged background category (C1 and C2) refers to the financial and educational background of individuals, particularly before graduating from high school, while residing in the United States

Instructions for Pre-Application Submission

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Within the online submission form, please follow the instructions for submitting the online Pre-Application. Instructions for completing the form and returning to it at a later date (before submission) are contained within the form’s “Instructions” section.

Please complete all sections of the online submission form, including:

  • Principal Investigator - Please be prepared to provide the following information for project PI(s) in the online submission form: first name, last name, degrees, institution, school, department, division, rank, phone number, email, gender, race, ethnicity, diversity status.
  • Mentor Information
  • Project Title

Within the online submission form, you will be asked to upload a single PDF containing the following documents (in the order listed below):

Applicants are discouraged from adding a cover letter to the single PDF file; they will not be reviewed.

Pre- Application Research Plan

  • Font size: must be 11 points or larger (smaller text in figures, graphs, diagrams and charts is acceptable as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%)
  • Type density: must be no more than 15 characters per linear inch (including characters and spaces)
  • Line spacing: must be no more than six lines per vertical inch
  • Margins: Provide at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. No applicant-supplied information can appear in the margins.
  • Text color: must be black (color text in figures, graphs, diagrams, charts, tables, footnotes and headings is acceptable)
  • Page Limit: 2 pages (references are not subject to page limits)

This pre-application should be organized as follows:


  • Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses.
  • Please provide a clear and concise description of the central theme and goals of the research. Succinctly explain aims and corresponding hypotheses.


  • Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms.
  • Describe any refinements to or novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, Instrumentation or interventions to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions.


  • Describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project.


  • Briefly identify the other individuals that will be asked to contribute intellectually to the research, and to enhance the applicant’s skills and knowledge
  • Identify the research experiences intended to provide opportunities for development as a productive researcher. 


  • Provide a bibliography of all references cited. Each reference must include the names of all authors, the article and journal title, book title, volume number, page numbers, and year of publication.
  • References are outside of page limit.


For additional details on eligibility and program goals, please contact Dr. Becky Reamey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 205-934-7442). For further reference:

Current UL1 Scholars