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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.

The deadline for the 2018 NDSN program is January 12, 2018.  Information and application instructions for the 2018 NDSN can be found on the following document:
2018 NDSN Call for Applications [PDF 170KB]

This page was last updated November 2017