The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working to make the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants part of the push toward improving the diversity of the research workforce with a diversity supplement.

Why This Opportunity Matters
This is aimed at recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or within the grant programs, as well as making the opportunity available to PDs and PIs of research grants who are, or who become disabled and need support and accommodation to continue working on the project.

Underrepresented populations include:

  • individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis,
  • individuals with disabilities,
  • individuals from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, and
  • individuals who come from an educational environment that has demonstrably and directly inhibited them from obtaining needed knowledge, skills and abilities.

As NIH outlined in its funding opportunity information, people from underrepresented backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. Fostering and encouraging work from socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and women-owned small business is critical to the success of SBIR and STTR programs.

The continuation of this diversity supplement program depends on how supported individuals’ careers are shaped, and the program also depends on continuing assessments of the diversity of small business programs.

Participating Organizations
Many NIH organizations are participating in the diversity supplement, including:
• National Cancer Institute (NCI)
• National Eye Institute (NEI)
• National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
• National Institute on Aging (NIA)
• National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
• National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
• National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
• National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
• National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
• National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
• National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
• National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
• National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
• National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
• National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
• National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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