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ODHD Research Training Programs

Summer Research with NIDA

Program Contacts: Dr. Albert Avila.

This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.

NIDA recruits, selects and matches students with NIDA grantees. Students are solicited primarily from the honors programs of diversity-serving institutions, internship fairs, student organizations, and various high school honors or enrichment programs. Selection criteria include career goals, interests, academic achievements, and faculty recommendation.

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

Program Contact: Pamela Goodlow

Through the award of administrative supplements to active NIDA research grants this program (commonly referred to as “diversity supplements” program) was established to improve diversity in the scientific research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctoral fellows, and investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the sciences.

NIDA strongly supports and encourages participation in its diversity supplements program.  Support is available to underrepresented ethnic minority and disabled students and investigators at the undergraduate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and investigator levels.  For a description of the NIH diversity supplements program, refer to NIH Program Announcement  PA-12-149 "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research."

Participation in this program has enabled students of all levels, postdoctoral fellows and faculty investigators to acquire and improve their research skills working under a NIDA-funded research grant so they may become competitive in applying for and receiving independent funding support from the NIH and other agency sources.

For more information on the NIDA-specific Diversity Supplements, see:

  1. Instructions to Principal Investigators Applying for Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (Diversity Supplements) at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  2. NIDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (Diversity Supplements);

NIDA Diversity Supplement applications are reviewed by the NIDA Consortium on Diversity Affairs Workgroup.

NIDA ODHD Grant Writing and Research Development Workshop

Program Contact: Dr, Albert Avila

This research training program provides technical assistance on proposal development skills in drug abuse research to scholars underrepresented in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Participants are exposed to critical information related to research design, methods, scientific writing, the peer review process and grant application preparation by experts in the field of drug abuse research and addiction.

NIDA ODHD Grant Writing and Research Development Part I Workshop

February 26-27, 2015
Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd, Conference Room A1/A2, Rockville, MD 20852

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Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program (DIDARP) (R24)

Program Contact: Dr. Albert Avila

This grant program is designed to increase the drug abuse and addiction research capacity of institutions that serve economically disadvantaged students and provide services to economically disadvantaged communities.

Grants are provided to foster the research career development of a diverse cadre of students, faculty and staff in drug abuse research.  Each DIDARP program has a thematic research focus from which all research and training activities are planned.  Examples include the intersection of drug abuse/HIV/AIDS and criminal justice, neurobiology of addiction, effects of in-utero cocaine exposure, epidemiology of stress and its mediators,  prevention research and methamphetamine abuse in HIV. Health disparities research themes are encouraged.

This page was last updated January 2015