National Institutes of Health diversity supplements: Perspectives from administrative insiders

Daniel David, Melissa L. Weir, Nkechi Enwerem, Dena Schulman-Green, Priscilla O. Okunji, Jasmine L. Travers, Maya N. Clark-Cutaia

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Background: The NIH Diversity Administrative Supplement is a funding mechanism that provides support for diverse early-stage researchers. There is limited guidance on how to apply for these awards. Purpose: We describe perspectives of NIH program/diversity officers and university research administrators offering recommendations for diversity supplement submission. Methods: This article is the product of a working group exploring diversity in research. Nursing faculty from an R2 Historically Black College and University and an R1 research intensive university conducted stakeholder interviews with NIH program/diversity officers and university research administrators. We used content analysis to categorize respondents’ recommendations. Findings: Recommendations centered on harmonizing the applicant with the program announcement, communication with program/diversity officers, mentor/mentee relationship, scientific plan, and systematic institutional approaches to the diversity supplement. Discussion: Successful strategies in submitting diversity supplements will facilitate inclusion of diverse researchers in NIH-sponsored programs. Systematic approaches are needed to support development of diverse voices to enhance the scientific community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-836
Number of pages10
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022


  • Biomedical Research
  • Diversity Supplement
  • Equity
  • Grantsmanship
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Research Support as Topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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