ICTS Diversity and Re-Entry Research Supplements

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ICTS Diversity and Re-Entry Research Supplement

Request for Applications (RFA)

Key Dates

Applications due to ICTS: July 15, 2020
Final applications due to NIH: November 1, 2020
Funding decisions made: January/February 2021
Anticipated funding start date: July 1, 2021


NIH has issued RFAs for competitive administrative supplements designed to support individual investigators meeting specific criteria. The ICTS is eligible to apply for these supplements and can submit up to two applications on behalf of individual investigators for each of the following supplements:

Diversity Research Supplement is designed for individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-906.html)

Re-Entry Research Supplement is designed to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-592.html)

Eligibility General (applicable to both)

  • The supplement is intended to support the development of a clinical and translational research career
  • Candidates must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or Permanent Residents
  • Support is available for a maximum of 2 years

Please follow links to the NIH materials for detailed information. 

Eligibility Diversity Supplement

  • Individual candidate qualification as set by the NIH include any of the following:
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups as defined by the NIH. This includes Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.
    • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf)
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:
      • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml)
      • Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in research careers
  • Candidates must be UCI faculty, fellows, post-docs or residents. Maximum salary support $100K per year.
    • Faculty candidates – Support can be: short-term (conduct fulltime research for a 3-5 month period each year for a maximum of 4 years) or long-term (up to two years of continuous support at a minimum of 75% effort each year).
    • Postdoctoral candidates (fellows/post-docs/residents) – 100% stipend supported at NIH stipend rate (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-070.html).
  • Candidates are NOT eligible if previously funded by NIH as an independent PI or currently supported by NIH Kirschstein-NRSA.

Eligibility Re-entry Research Supplement

  • Candidate must have a doctoral-level degree and have been in a post-doctoral or faculty position when they suspended their research career.
  • Hiatus from research must be a minimum of one year and a maximum of eight years. Examples include childrearing, illness (self or family member), relocation due to family member, non-research work necessary to achieve early debt relief from doctoral education loans, and military service.
  • The award supports salary for the candidate up to $100K per year
  • Candidates can propose a full-time or part-time plan for re-entry work but must commit a minimum of 50% time to re-entry work and will be supported for a maximum of the equivalent of 12 person-months
  • Candidate must have a prior research record – the supplement is not for a career change
  • Candidate cannot have already started in a new fellowship, traineeship or other similar mechanism to support re-entry to research

Application Guidelines

Applicants must submit:

  • 2-page summary of proposed research strategy with timeline
  • 1-paragraph summary of mentoring plan
  • Candidate’s NIH biosketch
  • Mentors NIH biosketch (be sure to highlight mentoring experience)
  • Letter of Support candidate’s primary mentor indicating support for proposal and willingness/ability to provide mentorship
  • Letter of Support from Department chair

Submit Applications at www.icts.uci.edu/grants by July 15, 2020 5:00 p.m. PT

Selected applicants will then prepare a full proposal to be submitted to the NIH through the ICTS.
Successful applicants will become an ICTS ASPA Scholar have access to ICTS services including biostatics, recruitment and retention consultations, and various workshops.

Contact Diana Stephens: dvigil1@uci.edu; (714) 812-5766