NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The CCTS, in partnership with the Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network (DRIVEN) program, has the opportunity to support up to two (2) applications from across the Partner Network to respond to the NCATS’ program announcement for administrative supplements to promote diversity in the clinical and translational research workforce. For early career faculty developing independent research careers, this supplement will provide up to $100,000 for salary, plus fringe benefits annually for up to two years. Additional funds of up to $10,000 per year may be requested for supplies and travel. Costs should be strongly justified and may not exceed $150,000 direct costs per year. Eligible investigators from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of interest. From these proposals, two highly competitive “DRIVEN” Scholars will be selected to move forward to the NIH submission.

 Letter of Interest Due Date July 30, 2021
 Full Application Invitations On or before August 15, 2021
 Proposal Development August – October 2021
 Full Application Due Date (Invitation Required) October 15, 2021
 Awardees Notified Winter 2021/Spring 2022
 Expected Start Date (if awarded) May 1, 2022
*some dates may vary as a result of unanticipated delays 


Candidates must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status and must be part of an underrepresented population in biomedical, clinical, behavioral, or social sciences research (see NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-031 for more information). Eligible applicants will have earned a clinical or research doctorate, including MD, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent. Candidates must be early career-level, full-time faculty or be able to provide confirmation from Division/Department leadership of a faculty appointment on or before May 1, 2022. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a commitment to a research career.

Instructions for Letter of Interest Submission

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For additional details on eligibility and program goals, please contact Jeanne Merchant, MPH (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For further reference:

Request for Applications
Application Guide & Instructions
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Past DRIVEN Scholars