Hot off the press – the Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) has just been released.



Two differences from the previous RFA;

  • Two due dates per year instead of one – the first due date is February 18, 2015, followed by October 15, 2015.
  • All due dates may be found in the RFA.

·         Unlike previous K01 Diversity RFAs, this does not include a “Re-entry” component.



Good News!  The K-award payline was recently increased from a priority score of 25 to 30.

See link for current paylines: Current Paylines


Posted Date: 10/29/2014

Dear NHLBI Investigators:

This email is to bring to your attention about an administrative supplement funding opportunity for eligible grants and contracts. The program is “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research .  Please explore the link and then contact us with any questions.

The overall goal is to increase the diversity of individuals in biomedical research workforce by providing training opportunities to individuals.  The NHLBI is committed to providing research opportunities to support qualified, eligible candidates, with additional funding, to work in your group under your appropriate mentorship.  Opportunities are available for candidates from the high school through junior investigator levels.

The Research Supplements Program is of particular interest to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).   If we may be of assistance at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to working with you!





Nara Gavini, PhD. MPhil.
Chair, Diversity Programs Working Group
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Two Rockledge Center, Suite 9093
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7913
Bethesda, Maryland  20892


Posted Date: 10/01/2014

New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review & Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review through

Please share this golden opportunity with your colleagues and networks:

The National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, in collaboration with the ACD Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review<>, has announced two America COMPETES Act Challenges. These contests solicit input from the scientific community and other stakeholders to aid our efforts to address the problem of racial disparities in NIH R01 grant funding.

New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit their ideas for strategies to detect possible bias in the NIH peer review process. Submissions can include approaches, strategies, methodologies, and/or measures that would be sensitive to detecting bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience.  First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea.

Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit ideas for reviewer training methods aimed at enhancing fairness and impartiality in NIH peer review. The submission does not require full development of training materials.  However, ideas should be provided in sufficient detail to assess their ability to address fairness and impartiality in review with regards to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience. First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded for the best overall idea.

The contest closes June 30, 2014 and winners will be announced September 2, 2014.  Details regarding the rules and submission procedures for these two Challenges can be found on the CSR Challenge website<>.


Posted Date: 05/20/2014

JHGCCO Request for Applications (RFA):
Round 5 (released on January 7, 2014)

The NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking applications for research that focuses on time-sensitive changes in environments or policies that may reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Projects should take a systems perspective and have the potential to inform the development or confirmation of community- or population-based interventions. We invite applications from investigators at all career levels in the United States and globally.

This solicitation is for research that requires short-cycle funding decisions (‘rapid response’ studies). Awards will be announced approximately three months from the RFA release date. Eligible studies must be associated with actual policies or processes that are pending in real world settings (e.g., natural experiments), requiring “time-sensitive” data collection that would not be possible if the funding decision were made on a regular 9-month NIH review cycle. The JHGCCO RFAs are re-issued every six months, in January and July. Download the full RFA here.

In Round 5, we will be able to fund one project for a maximum of $30,000 total costs. A 1 page concept summary of the proposed research is due on February 3, 2014. After review of the research concepts, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (5 page limit). For those applicants, full proposals will be due on March 12, 2014. The final awardee will be notified by April 9, 2014. See previous award recipients.

An optional Informational Teleconference will be held on January 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Prospective applicants can register at to receive information about how to access the teleconference.

Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity

Department of International Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Phone: (410) 955-5906

615 N. Wolfe Street, Rm. E2616
Baltimore, Md. 21205-2179

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Posted Date: 01/10/2014

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and
Reducing Health Disparities (R21)*New*

Sponsor ID: PA-13-292, PA-13-288     (Re-issue of PAR-10-137)

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the
causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U.S. population.

For more information:

Posted Date: 08/12/2013

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Greetings potential applicants -

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program seeks early career scientists from both underrepresented minority and well-represented backgrounds, to interact with our distinguished Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) during the scientific meeting planning process.  It provides an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look at an activity performed by established scientists that will invaluably inform the applicant’s future career and allows sharing with established scientists applicant views on the challenges faced by early career scientists and underrepresented scientists in particular.

Now in its fifth year, the program has demonstrated that those completing it benefit through high-quality, focused mentoring by recognized world-class scientists on our SAB, potential  invitations to lecture at prestigious laboratories, potential requests to engage in collaborative research with established scientists, the opportunity to present a small piece of their research to the SAB, learning how small scientific meetings are planned, and engaging in in-depth discussions which address the challenges faced by underrepresented scientists.

To all individuals who might be eligible and interested – especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds, postdoctoral fellows (at least 2 years into the program), Assistant Professors (no more than 4 years into their appointment) or industry equivalent scientists – This Program is a research anchored, diversity focused program.

Applicants must be …

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Actively engaged in full-time laboratory research

They do not have to be members of designated visible ethnic minority populations, but they do have to document substantial in-depth experiences in face to face interaction with persons from minority populations in the U.S., which include -

  1. Native American/Alaska Native,
  2. Hispanic/Latino,
  3. African American/Black, and
  4. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,

And and ensure that these experiences are verifiable. Further, the applicants are required to document an understanding of the specific and sometimes nuanced issues and challenges often faced by underrepresented minority (URM) scientists. By face-to-face interactions, we mean experience or activity other than teaching, which is in many cases largely a one-way communication.  Applicants need to have a serious understanding of the issues in order to carry in-depth discussions in small group settings on challenges to enhancing participation in the life sciences by underrepresented scientists. Verifiable documentation of the qualifying experience is required as part of the application process, and applicants will be chosen in part, based on their demonstrated ability to inform on the issues facing underrepresented scientists.

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Class on June 1, 2013. The application and eligibility requirements may be found at Keystone Symposia Fellows Program, as well as photos and bios of the most recent class of Fellows.  The application to the Fellows Program must be returned via U.S. postal mail and postmarked no later than 12:00PM (MST) on September 1, 2013. Applicants are urged to begin the application process early in the spring-summer to avoid problems with obtaining necessary documents by the September deadline.

Laina King, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs

Mentor, Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
P.I. NIH- MARC T-36 Grant

Post Office Box 1630
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498 USA
Telephone: 970-262-1230

Posted Date: 07/24/2013

There is an ambitious program at the NIH to support early-stage, independent clinical researchers.

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program provides 5+ years of full-time, funded research in the NIH intramural program for tenure-track level clinical investigators, followed by either continued research at the NIH, or a special opportunity for 5 additional years of NIH funds at an extramural medical center or research institute.  Lasker Scholars may be able to maintain an affiliation with their previous institution during their time at the NIH.

The deadline for applications is June 24, 2013, for positions that will begin in 2014.  More information can be found at our website, or by email at .  Please share this information with your clinical colleagues.

Notification sent on behalf of Michael Gottesman, M.D.
Deputy Director for Intramural Research
National Institutes of Health


Posted Date: 05/21/2013

[Download pdf of this notice]

6:00 p.m. July 28 – noon, July 31, 2013

at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due:  April 1, 2013

image of 2013 NHLBI Population Studies Workshop

Apply here:

Featured Studies:

Jackson Heart Studylongitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors African Americans in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

Strong Heart Study multi-center longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors in American Indians in Arizona, Oklahoma and the Dakotas.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn how to access /utilize data available from the Jackson Heart and Strong Heart studies.
  • Develop and present a manuscript proposal using data from one or both of the studies.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with other investigators.


  • Early-career level investigators with previous research experience are invited to attend including

junior faculty, new investigators, post doctoral fellows.

  • Other interested investigators with research experience.
  • Targeted toward individuals not currently involved in these studies.


  • NHLBI staff, senior investigators, and data analysis staff from the Jackson Heart Study and Strong Heart Study.

Location and Cost

  • Workshop will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH campus,  Bethesda, Maryland
  • No registration fee
  • Attendees  are responsible for their own travel, lodging and food costs

For questions:


Posted Date: 01/09/2013

A New Funding Opportunity Announcement of Secondary Dataset Analyses in Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases and Sleep Disorders (R21)

Posted Date: 11/02/2012


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