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

High School and Undergraduates

NIDA Summer Research Internship Program
The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program is designed for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to experience substance abuse and addiction research in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences areas. Through this program, students age 18 years and older are introduced to the field of drug abuse and addiction research by participating in research internships with NIDA funded scientists at universities across the United States.
Read about the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program.

Summer Training Program for Underrepresented Populations Available at NIDA’s Research Campus in Baltimore, Maryland
Students in high school, college, graduate, or professional school are eligible for on-campus summer programs at NIDA Intramural Research Program (IRP). During this program, most of your time will be spent working with a scientist on a research project. The Recruitment and Training Program for Underrepresented Populations (RTURP) provides paid training opportunities for students who are interested in the scientific basis of drug abuse and are from an underrepresented group.
Read more about how to apply and other summer internships at the NIDA Baltimore campus.

Graduate Student

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Program Directors/Principal Investigators holding specific types of research grants (see the FOA for activity codes) can apply for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PDs/PIs 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.
Read more about this supplement opportunity.
FOA: PA-20-222

NIDA Diversity Supplement Professional Development Workshop
Each year, NIDA hosts an annual two-day Diversity Supplement Workshop to bring together current NIDA Diversity Supplement recipients at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early investigator levels. Participants meet and network with NIDA program staff, senior officials, and other investigators. This workshop is a great opportunity for supplement recipients to receive critical guidance on pursuing funding opportunities and how to transition to independent research careers.
Read about the workshop.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)
The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research provides support for research training leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.
FOA: PA-20-251

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00)
The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a pathway across career stages for exemplary graduate students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions. It will also provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.
More information on the D-SPAN program can be found here: NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award (F99/K00)

NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards
NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards are offered to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-state investigators conducting substance abuse and addiction research. The monetary travel awards help with the cost of attending national scientific conferences that open doors for networking, presenting posters or oral talks, as well as other career development opportunities.
Read more about the Travel Awards.

Postdoctoral Level

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Program Directors/Principal Investigators holding specific types of research grants (see the FOA for activity codes) can apply for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PDs/PIs 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.
Read more about this supplement opportunity.
FOA: PA-20-222

NIDA Diversity Supplement Professional Development Workshop
Each year, NIDA hosts an annual two-day Diversity Supplement Workshop to bring together current NIDA Diversity Supplement recipients at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early investigator levels. Participants meet and network with NIDA program staff, senior officials, and other investigators. This workshop is a great opportunity for supplement recipients to receive critical guidance on pursuing funding opportunities and how to transition to independent research careers.
Read about the workshop.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN)
The NDSN is a competitive, rigorous, and comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the funding success of underrepresented early-stage investigators conducting substance abuse and addiction research. The program is intended for postdocs and early-stage investigators who have not received an NIH R01 or equivalent level grant.  The NDSN program consists of two separate meetings with an interim application development period to assist scholars in applying for and receiving NIH career development awards and research grants.
Read more about the network.

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award is to support a cohort of career, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds conducting research in NIH mission areas. The long-term goal of this program is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions at research-intensive institutions.

More information on the MOSAIC program can be found here: MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)

BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Independent)
The BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 award is designed to improve the skills needed to progress from postdoctoral training to junior faculty and to increase workforce diversity in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative, as highlighted in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision (including multidisciplinary areas at the interface of neuroscience and single-cell multiomics, neurotechnologies, bioengineering, computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and neuroethics).

Eligible individuals are citizens or permanent residents from nationally underrepresented groups with no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. Women are considered eligible candidates for this diversity program.

For a list of prior awardees https://braininitiative.nih.gov/brain-programs/training/k99r00-awardees.

More information on The BRAIN Initiative training opportunities: The Brain Initiative.

For questions on BRAIN K99/R00 applications and research proposals, please contact: Olivier Berton, NIDA Program Director, Olivier.berton@nih.gov.

BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)
The purpose of the BRAIN Initiative Fellows (F32) program is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctorates, early in their postdoctoral training period, who have the potential to become productive investigators in research areas that will advance the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Applications are encouraged in any research area that is aligned with the BRAIN Initiative, including neuroethics. Applicants are expected to propose research training in an area that clearly complements their predoctoral research. Formal training in analytical tools appropriate for the proposed research is expected to be an integral component of the research training plan.

In order to maximize the training potential of the F32 award, this program encourages applications from individuals who have not yet completed their terminal doctoral degree and who expect to do so within 12 months of the application due date. On the application due date, candidates may not have completed more than 12 months of postdoctoral training.

More information on The BRAIN Initiative training opportunities: The Brain Initiative.

For questions regarding BRAIN F32 applications and research proposals, please contact: Olivier Berton, NIDA Program Director, Olivier.berton@nih.gov.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards
NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards are offered to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-state investigators conducting substance abuse and addiction research. The monetary travel awards help with the cost of attending national scientific conferences that open doors for networking, presenting posters or oral talks, as well as other career development opportunities.
Read more about the Travel Awards.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
The NRMN is a national network of mentors and mentees from all biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission that provides mentorship, professional development, mentor/mentee training, and networking resources to individuals from the undergraduate to early career faculty levels. NRMN’s initiatives include a web-based mentor networking platform, in-person conferences and online training sessions, grantsmanship workshops, and in-depth one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Read more about the network.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
NIDA participates in three of the Loan Repayment Programs: Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities Research. In exchange for a 2-year research commitment in clinical, pediatric, or health disparities research related to substance use disorders, NIDA will repay qualified educational debt up to $50,000 per year during this 2-year period.
Read more about the program.

Investigator

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Program Directors/Principal Investigators holding specific types of research grants (see the FOA for activity codes) can apply for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PDs/PIs 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.
Read more about this supplement opportunity.
FOA: PA-20-222

NIDA Diversity Supplement Professional Development Workshop
Each year, NIDA hosts an annual two-day Diversity Supplement Workshop to bring together current NIDA Diversity Supplement recipients at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early investigator levels. Participants meet and network with NIDA program staff, senior officials, and other investigators. This workshop is a great opportunity for supplement recipients to receive critical guidance on pursuing funding opportunities and how to transition to independent research careers.
Read about the workshop.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN)
The NDSN is a competitive, rigorous, and comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the funding success of underrepresented early-stage investigators conducting substance abuse and addiction research. The NDSN program consists of two separate meetings with an interim application development period to assist scholars in applying for and receiving NIH career development awards and research grants.
Read more about the network.

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program (SC1, SC2, SC3)
SCORE is a research capacity building program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions with limited NIH R01 funding and an explicitly stated mission or historical track records in graduating students from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical research with B.S./B.A., M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in biomedical-related sciences.

SCORE offers research funding for investigators at three different research career stages; SC1, SC2, and SC3 awards. All investigator-initiated SCORE applications must fall within the scope of the NIH mission. SCORE awards do not support clinical trials or clinical interventions (see NOT-OD-15-015 for the definition of clinical trials).

More information on the SCORE program can be found here: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program (SC1, SC2, SC3)

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
NIDA participates in three of the Loan Repayment Programs: Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities Research. In exchange for a 2-year research commitment in clinical, pediatric, or health disparities research related to substance use disorders, NIDA will repay qualified educational debt up to $50,000 per year during this 2-year period.
Read more about the program.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
The NRMN is a national network of mentors and mentees from all biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission that provides mentorship, professional development, mentor/mentee training, and networking resources to individuals from the undergraduate to early career faculty levels. NRMN’s initiatives include a web-based mentor networking platform, in-person conferences and online training sessions, grantsmanship workshops, and in-depth one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Read more about the network.

NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards
NIDA Diversity Scholars Travel Awards are offered to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-state investigators conducting substance abuse and addiction research. The monetary travel awards help with the cost of attending national scientific conferences that open doors for networking, presenting posters or oral talks, as well as other career development opportunities.
Read more about the Travel Awards.

Institutional Diversity Awards

Providing Research Education Experiences to Enhance Diversity in the Next Generation of Substance Abuse and Addiction Scientists (R25 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
This NIDA R25 funding opportunity seeks to facilitate the research education of undergraduate students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the NIDA research portfolio. Individuals who are knowledgeable about substance abuse and addiction research and interested in focusing on this research area later in their careers are encouraged to apply.
FOA: PAR-19-246

Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The goal of ENDURE is to provide individuals who are typically underrepresented in neuroscience research with training at the undergraduate level so they are prepared to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs. ENDURE will provide this undergraduate training through partnerships between research-intensive institutions and institutions with a substantial enrollment of neuroscience majors from diverse groups. This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. ENDURE undergraduate training programs will support a range of activities to increase student interest and involvement in the neurosciences, including research experiences, core and advanced neuroscience courses, seminars, and journal clubs.

More information on the ENDURE Undergraduate Education program can be found here: ENDURE.

Summer Research Education Experience Program (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The Summer Research Education Experience Program creates opportunities for high school and undergraduate students to have hands-on exposure to research to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree or continue to participate in research. This program also includes activities that support scientific development, such as writing and presentation skills. Students and teachers from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
FOA: PAR-19-197

BUILD Initiative
BUILD awards consist of 10 linked grants issued to undergraduate institutions to implement and study innovative approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research. This initiative aims to help students on the pathway to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. Through implementing a variety of innovative approaches to skill building, mentorship, and institutional change, the BUILD-funded institutions address various challenges faced by students, faculty, and institutions.
FOA: RFA-RM-18-006