Administrative supplements to active NIH SBIR/STTR grants to enhance the diversity of the research workforce and increase the participation of women and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in small businesses.
Undergraduate/post-baccalaureate; graduate/clinical doctorate; postdoctorate/residency; early career investigators; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; member of an underrepresented group
U.S. small business concerns
The supplementary information on this page applies to applications requesting selected research supplements to active National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) SBIR/STTR grants. Its purpose is to clarify the application process for NINDS grantees and is not intended to replace the detailed information in the program announcement.
Prior to submission of an application, the Principal Investigator (Applicant) should contact Natalie Trzcinski (email@example.com) and the program officer on their parent award to discuss the proposed supplement. Critical issues to be discussed with program may include, but are not limited to, the research development and mentoring plan activities.
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At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have a reasonable period of time remaining at the time of possible award (generally greater than 6 months) to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NINDS does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost-extension.
A parent award may support more than one individual on a supplement; however, each request must be strongly justified and include assurances that each candidate will receive appropriate mentoring. Detailed information regarding this policy can be found here: NINDS Will Consider the Support of More Than One Mentee per Parent Grant
PD(s)/PI(s) are encouraged to consider administrative supplements under this program at the following career levels: undergraduate students, baccalaureate and master’s degree holders, graduate (predoctoral) and health professional students, individuals in postdoctoral training, and investigators developing independent research careers.
For the purpose of this announcement, small business concerns (SBCs) are encouraged to identify individuals from nationally underrepresented groups, as defined in the NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031), women and/or socially and economically disadvantaged candidates. For the purpose of this FOA, the NIH is utilizing the SBA definition of socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. A signed statement from the PD(s)/PI(s) and a business official establishing the eligibility of the candidate for support under this program must include clearly presented information on citizenship, and other eligibility criteria. The strength of an institution's description and justification for the appointment of an identified candidate will be judged along with all other aspects of the proposed experience.
Supplemental awards under this announcement are limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551). This program may not be used to provide technical support to NIH-supported investigators.
The Research and Career Plan (limit 8 pages) includes:
The PI mentoring experience, candidate statement, eligibility letter, biosketches and recommendations are not counted against the 8 page limit.
Mentoring Experience of the PI
Home Institution Approval
Letters of Support
Prior to submission of an application, the Principal Investigator (Applicant) should contact Natalie Trzcinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Program Official on the parent award. Funding decisions for supplement applications will be made on a rolling basis throughout the year.
In making requests, the grantee institution, on behalf of the PI of the parent grant and in cooperation with the applicant individual, must submit the request for supplemental funds. As stated in NOT-OD-18-111, NIH requires all applications for diversity supplements to be submitted electronically as of January 25, 2018.
There are several options available to electronically submit Diversity Supplement applications. These include NIH ASSIST, institutional system-to-system (S2S), and Grants.gov Workspace. NIH also offers a streamlined system through the eRA Commons for submitting administrative supplements. Login to the eRA Commons, identify the parent award, and prepare an administrative supplement request. All candidates for supplemental diversity award support must also have a profile in the eRA Commons.
Include the candidate’s eRA Commons Username and attach the Research Experience Plan (described below in the PHS 398 Research Plan Form), Candidate Biosketch (described in the Senior/Key Personnel Form, also called the Applicant Biosketch), and the Candidate Eligibility Statement (described in Other Project Information/Appendix, also called the Applicant Eligibility Statement) in the fields provided. Although only one candidate may be supported under each request submitted using this system, grantees may submit multiple requests on the same parent award.
Budget information should be entered for the grantee institution in the fields provided. There is no template or form available for subaward information; instead, all subaward information should be included as a separate attachment showing the funds requested (by budget period) using the same categories provided for the grantee institution. Also include a budget justification for the subawardee institution in the same file.
For more guidance, please see the eRA Commons user guide.
Funding decisions are generally dependent on: