Diversity Research Supplement

The Diversity Research Supplement is designed to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been underrepresented in health-related research. The Diversity Research Supplement is also available to PIs of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue their research.

Please read the full funding announcement for the Diversity Research Supplement.




General eligibility for supplements
  • Each application is specific to a single candidate and details a research and mentorship plan for that candidate.
  • The supplement is intended to support the development of a clinical and translational research career.
  • Candidates must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or Permanent Residents.
    Requested start dates should align with the parent grant (May 1). Proposal timelines typically are for 2 years, though 1-year projects will be considered.
  • Applicants cannot propose leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary clinical trial. They can propose gaining some research experience or exposure from working on a clinical trial led by a mentor as an addition to their independent project.
  • Proposals may have a greater chance of success if they include an aspect of clinical/translational science. While C/T research has the purpose of better understanding a specific disease or condition, C/T science has the purpose of better understanding the causes of inefficiency or failure in C/T research and provides information that helps future researchers conduct their own studies in a better or more efficient way. Adding something like comparing different recruitment techniques, or testing different ways of measuring a variable, are examples of how you could add a C/T science element to your C/T research project.
Eligibility for the Diversity Research Supplement
  • Candidates can be faculty, fellows, or post-docs. The purpose and plan for the supplement, as well as the level of salary support, varies depending on the candidate’s current position (the funding opportunity also lists “students,” but Harvard Catalyst cannot support those applications). The funding opportunity details the qualifiers for groups that are underrepresented in biomedical/clinical sciences.
  • Maximum requested salary support for faculty is $100K per year (this excludes fringe, which can be requested on top of that), plus $10K per year for supplies and travel. If the maximum allowed salary support is not sufficient to cover the required minimum effort, the candidate will need to augment their salary support from a separate source (e.g. Department or Division; primary mentor’s grant; own grant). With prior approval from NCATS, applicants can also request additional funds for equipment purchase or to cover expenses for accommodations to allow an applicant with a disability to perform essential functions in the research setting.
  • Maximum requested salary support for fellows, or post-docs cannot exceed the maximum allowable NRSA stipend level for post-doctoral fellows in effect at the time of appointment (current maximum is $68,604, excluding fringe, plus $12K for supplies/travel).
  • Faculty candidates can be supported in one of two ways: short-term (conduct full-time research for a 3-5 month period each year for a maximum of 4 years) or long-term (up to two years of continuous support at a minimum of 75% effort each year).
  • Early-career faculty (instructor or assistant prof) with at least one year of postdoctoral research experience are eligible, though not if previously funded by NIH as an independent PI (e.g. R01), a project leader on a program/center grant (e.g. P01, P50, G12), or a PI on a career development award (e.g. K01, K02, K07, K08, K23). However, Scholars on Institutional awards (K12, KL2) ARE eligible.
  • For postdoctoral candidates (fellows/post-docs/residents), the purpose of supplement is to assist their development as/transition to an independent researcher in a health-related science. Cannot currently be supported by an institutional Kirschstein-NRSA.

Please view the information on specific submission requirements for NCATS.


Application Guidelines

Applicants must first submit an LOI to Harvard Catalyst for review and selection, which is due May 31, 2024. Harvard Catalyst will then invite chosen candidates to submit a full proposal to NCATS. LOIs should include:

  • 1-2 page summary of proposed research strategy
  • Anticipated timeline for conducting and completing the work
  • 1-paragraph summary of mentoring plan
  • A brief statement indicating how you meet the diversity eligibility criteria as described in the funding opportunity
  • Your NIH biosketch
  • Name and email address for your mentor. Your mentor will receive an email asking them to endorse your LOI submission. Your LOI application will not be complete until we receive the endorsement.

Submit LOI and Biosketch

For those chosen to submit a full proposal, final proposals will require review and sign-off by Harvard Catalyst. Final proposals are due to Harvard Catalyst by August 21, 2024.

Proposals will be submitted to NIH through Harvard Catalyst, not through the candidate’s institution.


Additional Application Information

Successful applicants will have a number of Harvard Catalyst resources available to them to support to their research, including:

  • The Connector program which provides consultation and instrumental support at several points in the research process including: development of plans for recruitment/retention, project implementation, data management and data/safety monitoring; guidance on regulatory issues as well as rigor, reproducibility and transparency; working with special populations; study start-up needs; and troubleshooting.
  • The Biostatistics and Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law programs which provide consultations for investigators on study design, analysis plans, and regulatory concerns.
  • The Education program which offers educational opportunities on topics related to clinical and translational research, as well as professional development courses such as Leadership Strategies, Career Pathways, and Communicating Research.
  • The Community Engagement program which works with individual researchers and teams to enhance research projects by engaging community stakeholders with unique expertise and experience and aligning projects with community-identified needs and interests.



If you have questions about the funding opportunity, the following contacts at NCATS may be helpful:

Scientific Contact for Supplements:
Patrick Brown, PhD

Grants Manager for Supplements:
Leslie Le

Harvard Catalyst Parent Grant Program Officer:
Erica Rosemond, PhD