The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
NIMH values research capacity building, particularly expanding opportunities in research training and career development for investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The Institute is committed to enhancing the diversity of the mental health research workforce. This commitment is exemplified by the research training and career development programs supported by the Institute and by the reports and associated recommendations issued in two workgroup reports of the National Advisory Mental Health Council: Investing in the Future and An Investment in America's Future: Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Mental Health Careers. To NIMH, diversity means creating opportunities, especially for people from underrepresented backgrounds who bring different perspectives and who may solve old problems in new ways. By promoting programs to enhance workforce diversity, NIMH aims to enlist the full spectrum of perspectives and knowledge to work on the mysteries of brain and behavior in order to accomplish its mission.
Individual Funding Opportunities – Predoctoral Fellowships and Research Grants
- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31)
- Mental Health Dissertation Research Grant to Enhance Diversity (R36 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)