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DEIA Mentorship Supplements

Introduction

The Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) NOT-OD-22-057: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship has generated much interest and many inquiries. This supplement recognizes the crucial role great mentors play in the development of future leaders in the scientific research enterprise. Multiple NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) are inviting applications to support administrative supplements to existing awards of scientists who are outstanding mentors and who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing DEIA in the biomedical sciences.

Supplements are available for various grant types, including career development, training, cooperative, and Research Project Grants (R01). They will provide up to $250,000 in direct costs, not to exceed the direct costs of the parent award.

Applications for funding closed on April 7, 2022. Updates regarding award announcements will be announced soon. For further inquiries please contact either the Program Officer on the parent award or the COSWD inbox [coswdevents@nih.gov].

Please refer to these FAQs and resources for additional assistance:

Please consult with the Program Officer of the parent award and the appropriate Institute/Center Scientific Contact.

Eligibility

No. PD/PIs on more than one independent research project grant award are ineligible for this supplement. You are PI on two such awards.

The “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status” can help you determine eligibility. For example, if an individual is a PI on two awards on that list, then they are still eligible. Support from grants not on that list would be counted toward the independent research project grant award, and more than one would render the PI ineligible. For example, if an individual is a PI on one R01 and one U54, then they are not eligible. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

Any PI of an eligible award that has a percent effort can submit just as long as the PI does not have support from more than one independent research grant award.

One award with multiple PIs could potentially have multiple NOT-OD-22-057 applications.

The “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status” can help you determine eligibility. For example, if an individual is PI on two awards on that list, then they are still eligible. Grants not on that list would be counted toward the independent research project grant award, and more than one would render the PI ineligible. For example, if an individual is PI on two R01s, then they are not eligible. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

This question has been RESCINDED. Please refer to the question below (“If applying for…”).

If an individual is a PI on two R01s, then they are not eligible to apply because both are independent research project grant awards.

The “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status” can help you determine eligibility. For example, if an individual is a PI on two awards on that list, then they are still eligible. Support from grants not on that list would be counted toward the independent research project grant award, and more than one would render the PI ineligible. For example, if an individual is a PI on two R01s, then they are not eligible. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

Yes. The R03 grant is considered a smaller research grant. For this notice, it would not be counted toward the “independent research project grant award” total. You meet the eligibility criteria of being PD/PI on only one independent research project grant award, the R01.

To learn which grants would qualify please refer to the “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status.” https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

No. To be eligible, the parent award must be active, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment. The award may not be in a terminal no-cost extension or going into a no-cost extension in fiscal year 2022.

Yes. The T32 is a training grant and would qualify you as eligible to apply for notice NOT-OD-22-057.

The “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status” can help you determine eligibility. For example, if an individual is PI on two awards on that list, then they are still eligible. For example, if an individual is PI on one T32, which is on the list of smaller grants, and one R01, then they are eligible. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

You can apply for this supplement since you are the PI on one single eligible grant, the active R01. The supplement application would be for the active R01 and, if awarded, would need to be accomplished within the competitive segment of that award. The R01 in a no cost extension is not eligible for this supplement.

No, the contact PI must request the funds. The contact PI must be eligible in order for there to be an application for this administrative supplement.

The PI of the K08 is eligible to apply. They should have a component related to mentoring others in their grant.

The supplement is meant to recognize mentorship excellence in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and allow for PIs to use funds to further develop their mentoring. Funds can be provided to perform additional research within scope of the parent award, to add trainee slots, to foster trainee career development, and/or to develop mentoring activities.

If you as the mentor of the K08 were the PD/PI on another eligible grant, then you could apply. Please note that individuals who are PD/PIs on more than one independent research project grant award are ineligible for this supplement. The “List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status” can help you determine eligibility. For example, if an individual is a PI on two awards on that list, then they are still eligible. Grants not on that list would be counted toward the independent research project grant award, and more than one would render the PI ineligible. For example, if an individual is a PI on two R01s, then they are not eligible. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm

To qualify as an LRI, institutions must:

  1. have received less than $50 million average in annual NIH funds within the three years prior to the time of application, and
  2. offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science, and
  3. have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and,
  4. if institutions provide clinical health care services, those services must be provided to medically underserved communities. https://commonfund.nih.gov/sites/default/files/Flow_Chart_FIRST_508.pdf

These criteria are similar to the Research Centers in Minority Institutions criteria, an independent program. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-22-002.html

HRIs are institutions that do not meet the LRI criteria.

Please work with the leadership at your institution to determine your status. They are the ones to sign the “Institutional Commitment Letter” demonstrating that your institution meets the limited-resource institution criteria.

Scope

The parent award must have a component related to mentoring. Some examples are presented in the notice and include but are not limited to: a Research Education Program that describes mentored research experiences, a Career Development section, a Plan to Enhance Diverse Perspectives, or a discrete objective related to mentoring.

Additionally, having a current and/or past Diversity Supplements on the parent award can fulfill the mentoring requirement as long as the PI can show a clear commitment to their trainees’ scientific and professional development and career progress in the biomedical research enterprise.

Yes, having current and/or past Diversity Supplements on the parent award can fulfill the mentoring requirement as long as the PI can show a clear commitment to their trainees’ scientific and professional development and career progress in the biomedical research enterprise.

The award must have a component related to mentoring, not simply name a postdoc to be supported. For instance, it may contain a Research Education Program that describes mentored research experiences. It may contain a Career Development section or a Plan to Enhance Diverse Perspectives. Or it may have a discrete objective related to mentoring.

No, applications with a “TBD trainee slot” are not allowed. They must name the trainee.

If an application asks to support a trainee, it must include the trainee’s biosketch. The trainee will include in their personal statement information about their motivation to enter and/or remain in biomedical research and their short- and long-term goals. There are no review criteria to assess the trainee; rather they assess the PI. Since the supplement seeks to recognize outstanding mentorship, the PI’s commitment to their trainee’s success and to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility will be assessed.

Yes, the application can describe mentoring of more than one trainee. Firstly, we expect that the PI will be able to show a record of many trainee successes coming from their lab. Lastly, since this award will fund up to $250,000 in direct costs (not to exceed the current year costs of the parent grant), the PI should have sufficient funds to support more than one trainee. The PI may also use the funds to continue research within the scope of the parent grant and/or develop curricula/ training activities to improve mentoring.

Yes, mentoring of individuals at higher levels is allowed. We can envision a case where additional funding may be needed to mentor an individual at the associate/full professor level, including one from a diverse background.

This award differs from a Diversity Supplement because it provides flexibility as to how funds are used. Funds can be provided to perform additional research within scope of the parent award, to add trainee slots, to foster trainee career development, and/or to develop mentoring activities.

Mentorship must be mentioned in the original application. By doing so, the administrative supplement will stay within the scope of the parent grant.

The parent award must have a component related to mentoring, such as a Research Education Program that describes mentored research experiences. It may contain a Career Development section or a Plan to Enhance Diverse Perspectives. Or it may have a discrete objective related to mentoring.

Having a current and/or past Diversity Supplement on the parent award can fulfill the mentoring requirement as long as the PI can show a clear commitment to their trainees’ scientific and professional development and career progress in the biomedical research enterprise.

Notice NOT-OD-22-057 does not have a U.S. citizenship requirement.

Budget

Applicants may request up to $250,000 in direct costs, not to exceed the direct costs of the parent grant, exclusive of Facilities and Administrative costs. In this case, you may request up to $130,000 in direct costs, because this is the current year direct cost budget for your grant.

Administrative supplements are not Program Announcements with set-aside funds (PAS). As such the number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations.

Subject to the availability of appropriations, funds will be distributed August/September 2022.

You are not limited in the number of trainees to add. Applicants may request up to $250,000 in direct costs, not to exceed the direct costs of the parent grant, exclusive of Facilities and Administrative costs.

With regard to the application submission, please include each trainee’s biosketch and include in the personal statement information about the trainee's motivation to enter and/or remain in biomedical research, and their short-term and long-term career goals.

Allowable costs for NOT-OD-22-057 are those allowed in the parent grant. Thus, although there is language in the NOSI suggesting a range of ways in which the funds can be used, the investigator should be aware that what is allowable in the parent grant dictates what is allowable in the supplement.

Application

If your submission to this administrative supplement is sufficiently distinct from NOT-OD-22-031, then you may submit it.

No. Funding up to $250K (not to exceed the costs of the parent) should cover all costs.

No. Each application must be sufficiently distinct from any other administrative supplement currently under consideration by the awarding NIH Institute or Center. Additionally, candidates for the Diversity Supplement (PA-21-071) may receive support from only one administrative supplement at a time, but may be supported by more than one supplement during the development of their research careers.

Yes, funds can be used for other performance sites. Please follow the instructions in the “Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional).” https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-272.html

 

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