Harvard Chan School Diversity Supplement Matching Initiative

The Office of Research Strategy and Development aims to increase our institution’s use of National Institute of Health (NIH) funded Supplements to Promote Diversity in an effort to expand opportunities for faculty, postdocs, and students from underrepresented groups and promote inclusive excellence at the Harvard Chan School.

Program Information

NIH funding is available for administrative supplements to enhance 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. These administrative supplements are available for most research funding mechanisms, including R, U and P-series grants. Awarded funds in the amount of $5,000 to above $100,000 can be used to add new individuals from underrepresented groups onto the research team of funded grants. In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate. The streamlined application process has a higher rate of success with a faster turnaround than a standard NIH-application.  Please note that these awards are available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must support  the approved scope of work and fall within the start and end date of the original project.

Eligible Grants

ORSD maintains a list of active awards eligible for diversity supplements. This list is updated quarterly. If you are interested in being added or removed from this list, please fill out a form or email orsd@hsph.harvard.edu.

Contact Us:

If you are a PI of an active research grant at the Harvard Chan School who is interested in matching with a qualified individual in order to apply for a supplement, please fill out this form to designate your grant as actively seeking a candidate and to be contacted by ORSD in order to discuss your project’s needs.

If you are a candidate interested in joining the research team of a funded project at the Harvard Chan School, please fill out this interest form.  Please carefully review eligibility criteria prior to your request. ORSD strongly recommends that candidates confirm their eligibility with the grant’s program officer prior to submitting a supplement.

If you have questions about the Harvard Chan School Diversity Supplement Matching Initiative please email us at orsd@harvard.edu.

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