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Career and Research
Grade K-12 Resources
Summer Research
Research Training
Research Education
Summer Research
Undergraduate Scholarship
Pre-Doctoral Research Training
Research Education
Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Medical Research Scholars Program
Post-doctoral Research Training
Research/Teaching Postdoc
Individual Post-doctoral Fellowship
Research in Residency
Loan Repayment Programs
Research Education
Mentored Career Development
Clinical Scientist Institutional Career Development
Transition Support
Faculty Research at Low-Resource institutions
Native American Research Centers for Health
Research Project
Small Business
Loan Repayment Programs
Career Development Programs
Cross-Cutting Programs
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Institutional Development Award (IDeA)
Short Courses, Summer Institute and other research education activities


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): Prepare an application 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): 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 because 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.

  • Another approach to find programs of interest is to explore this list of NIH programs identified as diversity-related. This list is not focused on training programs, but may include them.

    Recent Announcements

    NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)

    Special Topic Research Education Course: Exploring Auditory and Vestibular biology (R25)

    NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

    IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) [P20]

    Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25)

    See more diversity-related programs

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