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Program Type Related Website Focus of Program
Research Training NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences BP-ENDURE (R25) RFA-NS-14-010 Support to institutions and partners to prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for success in PhD programs in the neurosciences
MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards (T34) MARC U-STAR  Support to institutions to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for PhD programs
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) (U54) Support to institutions to provide innovative approaches that engage undergraduates in biomedical related research training
Research Education Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) Support to institutions for a summer bridge program, academic year activities, and a summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate freshmen and sophomores in a STEM field.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25)  Support to research-intensive institutions to strengthen preparation by students from under-represented groups for PhD degrees (program may be at undergraduate or graduate levels, or both)
Bridges to Baccalaureate (R25)  Support to institutions to help students transition from a two-year college to four-year baccalaureate in science
Summer Research Summer Internship Program at NIH  Intramural program for individuals at many career stages to perform research at the NIH
Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25) RFA-HL-16-008 Support to institutions for undergraduate and health professional student research
Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25) RFA-ES-14-004 Support to institutions for 1-2 summer research experiences for juniors and seniors
NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) RFA-MD-15-005 Support to institutions for research and curricular development for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds
Cancer Research Education Grants Program - Research Experiences (R25) PAR-15-152 Support to institutions to provide experiences for health professional students, undergraduates and graduate students
Summer Research Education Experience Programs (R25) PAR-15-184 Support to institutions to provide research experience for high school, undergraduate  and science teachers during the summer academic break
NIDDK Research Education Program Grants for Summer Research Experiences (R25) PAR-15-140 Support to institutions to provide summer research experience for undergraduates, graduate and health professional students and postdocs
Undergraduate Scholarship Scholarship to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with a requirement for NIH summer research and NIH employment after graduation
Post-Baccalaureate Programs Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program (R25)  Support to institutions with history of or commitment to developing underrepresented populations to strengthen student preparation for PhD degrees (program may be at undergraduate or graduate levels, or both)
Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG)  1-2 year intramural research internship at NIH for science baccalaureates from underrepresented backgrounds interested in a biomedical career
Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)  Intramural program for summer, or 1-2 years of post-baccalaureate research at the NIH campus

NIH supports programs to develop the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Enhancing the participation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds is a consideration in all NIH programs including research education (R), training (T), and career development (K) grant mechanism programs. In addition, it is an explicit consideration in diversity-related programs. The table below identifies most NIH research workforce programs by career level, with diversity-related programs indicated with highlight.

  • Institutional programs (such as a T32 training grant): To participate, apply to an institution that has an NIH program. Identify awardee institutions through NIH RePORTER and contact the principal investigator for more information.
  • Individual programs (such as an F31 predoctoral fellowship): To participate, prepare an application to the NIH. Read the funding opportunity announcement and contact the NIH program official listed for more information.
  • Intramural programs that occur only at the NIH campus are included as they provide unique training opportunities that you should be aware of. See the websites for more information.

Many programs permit applications from individuals with various educational backgrounds (such as PhD, MD, DVM, DDS, etc.), and/or focus on particular health or disease missions. It is important to read the funding opportunity announcement carefully. Note that not every NIH institute or center offers every funding opportunity.

Users are advised to check the NIH Guide (search the Title Text to include diversity) for the most current list of programs, and the NIH Research Training and Career Development for any updates. 

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