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ODHD Research Training Programs

NIDA Summer Research Internship Program

Program Contact: Julie Hufffman

The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program introduces high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations to substance abuse research through internships with NIDA funded scientists at universities across the United States.  The experience may include laboratory experiments, formal courses, data collection activities, data analysis, patient recruitment, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, literature reviews and library research.  Internships include a paid 8 week intensive, hands-on substance abuse and addiction research experience that provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the research process.  Since the program’s inception in 1997, over 930 students have gained valuable drug abuse research experience, some of which have continued to pursue a career in substance abuse research

  • Eligibility
    • The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program aims to support summer research internships for students from racial/ethnic populations that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), although students from any race/ethnicity may apply and receive an internship offer.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or college and in good academic standing.
    • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Applicants under the age of 18 can only be placed at research sites within 25 miles of their permanent residence.
    • Individuals who have participated in the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program for two summers are no longer eligible to apply.
  • Scope of Support
    • Undergraduate students receive stipends of $12.00 per hour and high school students will receive $10.00 per hour.  Students are required to work 40 hours/week for a total of 8 weeks.  Students placed at non-local sites are eligible for up to $3,000 for travel and per diem expenses.
  • How to Apply
    • Students must complete a NIDA Summer Research Internship Program online application which will be available starting January 1st.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Diversity Supplement Program)

Program Contact: Pamela Goodlow

NIDA participates in the National Institutes of Health diversity supplement program by funding administrative supplements to selective active NIDA grants in order to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.  NIDA strongly encourages all diversity supplement recipients to apply for independent funding support within the first two years of being supported by the diversity supplement as one goal of the program is to foster their career trajectory towards independent substance abuse research.  This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project.  Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.   

Get more information on how to apply and frequently asked questions.

NIDA Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) Diversity Supplement Workshop

Attendees at poster session
Workshop attendees group photograph

Program Contact: Pamela Goodlow

Each year NIDA ODHD convenes a two-day Diversity Supplement Workshop, in Rockville, MD to bring together the current NIDA diversity supplement recipients at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career investigator levels, and 20 undergraduate and post baccalaureate-level students from NIDA’s other diversity outreach programs.  Participants meet and network with NIDA program staff and senior officials, and with NIDA-funded investigators (among them, former NIDA diversity supplement recipients and program directors of three of NIDA’s T32 Programs).  Workshop participants received valuable information and guidance on NIDA research priorities and funding opportunities, on graduate school and postdoctoral training opportunities at NIDA’s research training sites, and on transitioning to independent research careers.  This venue also provided recruitment opportunities for the students who are looking to pursue graduate training in substance abuse research.  Poster presentations by current diversity supplement recipients highlighted Day Two of the workshop.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN)

Program Contact: Dr. Albert Avila.

The NDSN is a rigorous and comprehensive mentorship program aimed at improving the funding of outstanding underrepresented early stage investigators in substance abuse research.  This is a two-part series with ongoing individual mentoring during the entire program in order to build a sustainable independent research career.  The Part I meeting focuses on the fundamentals of grantsmanship and provides scholars with professional development activities such as:  targeted funding mechanisms, grantsmanship and review, submission strategies, technical proposal feedback, and a professional career development discussion.   In addition, scholars will be matched and consult with experienced mentors, and research concept proposals provided by the applicant will be used as a basis for outlining a research proposal for a future grant application.  Scholars will maintain regular contact with their mentors following the meeting to further develop their draft NIH grant application.  The NDSN Part II meeting consists of a mock review of their complete draft NIH grant application followed by an open discussion on common pitfalls and responding to reviewers concerns.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards

Program Contact: Dr. Albert Avila.

Offers Diversity Scholars Travel Awards to students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators to attend national scientific conferences.  Awards are intended to encourage networking, presenting of posters or oral talks, and career development opportunities.  The NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Award program solicits applications to various substance abuse programs throughout the fiscal year.

American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Mentoring

Program Contact: Dr. Albert Avila.

In September 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded two contracts to support the career and research development of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) scholars dedicated to pursuing substance abuse and addiction research within AI/AN communities.  Contracts were awarded to Colorado University Health Science Center and the University of Washington.  These mentoring programs are designed to improve AI/AN health and eliminate substance abuse-related health disparities by:

  1. Developing an integrated, comprehensive, and centralized trans-disciplinary research training and mentorship program
  2. Cultivating existing and establishing novel partnerships with AI/AN tribal communities, particularly tribal colleges and other organizations to facilitate truly collaborative research training and mentorship opportunities related to substance abuse prevention and addictions research;
  3. Developing new and enhancing existing research training activities that prepare AIAN researchers to conduct scientifically rigorous and culturally grounded substance abuse and addictions research;
  4. Strengthening and increasing AI/AN engagement, outreach and institutional partnerships in addressing substance abuse prevention needs in Indian Country;
  5. Providing support, guidance, and direction to junior trainees for the submission of NIH grant applications and peer review manuscripts; and
  6. Participating in an annual scientific meetings convened by groups with a mission and interest similar to the goals of the mentoring program for the purpose of recruiting students/faculty, encouraging interest in addiction research, educating attendees about drug abuse and addiction in Al/AN communities (e.g., the NIDA, Office of Diversity and Health Disparities, Association of American Indian Physicians, Indian Health Service, the Office for Minority Health, American Indian Research Network and American Psychiatric Association).

This page was last updated March 2016