Cross-Cutting Research Education Programs

Program Type Related Website Focus of Program

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

Supplement to individual NIH grants to improve diversity by recruiting and supporting eligible students, postdoctorates, and investigators in research

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) icon

Multi-institutional network supporting advancement at every career stage of research in the biomedical sciences

Institutional Development Award (IDeA)

Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) 

Support to institutions to enhance the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states where NIH research support has historically been low

Short Courses, Summer Institutes and Other Research Education Activities

Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) R25 RFA-HL-19-002


NIH supports programs to develop the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Enhancing the participation of individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds is a consideration in all NIH programs including research education (R), training (T), fellowship (F) and career development (K) award programs. In addition, it is an explicit consideration in diversity-related programs. The table above 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 pre-doctoral 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 specific 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 website for any updates.