Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD)

What We Do:

To enhance the pool of underrepresented populations in the sciences, the National Institute on Drug Abuse established the Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) 20 years ago. The mission of the ODHD is to strengthen the NIDA extramural research portfolio through a more diverse and robust extramural research workforce, attracting and retaining talented individuals from all backgrounds, and to support research aimed at reducing health disparities in order to fulfill the mission of NIDA.

The ODHD’s goals are to:

  1. Recruit and retain underrepresented scholars and researchers actively participating in research.
  2. Enhance the pool of independently funded underrepresented scholars and researchers conducting substance use and addiction research.
  3. Develop strategies to reduce health disparities and improve the health of vulnerable populations.

What's New from ODHD?

  • NIDA has partnered with NIMHD to provide supplemental funding for RCMI pilot research projects led by early-stage investigators (ESIs) conducting substance use, addiction, and related neuroscience research. See NOT-MD-22-001 for details. Supplement applications must be submitted through PA-20-272. Applications are due on February 1st, 2022. The scientific contacts for this funding opportunity are Drs. Angela Holmes (NIDA) and Nathan Stinson, Jr. (NIMHD).

NIDA Scientific Workforce and Research Diversity Programs, Initiatives, and Funding Opportunities

NIDA Health Disparities Research and Funding Opportunities

For general NIDA research training, career development, and other funding opportunities see the following links:


ODHD Staff:

Contact Information:

Office of Diversity and Health Disparities
National Institute on Drug Abuse
3WFN MSC 6027
301 North Stonestreet Ave 
Bethesda, MD  20892

For courier deliveries use: Rockville, MD 20850