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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship

The participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) are inviting applications to support administrative supplements to existing NIH awards to support scientists who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to mentorship and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the biomedical sciences. Funds will support ongoing and future efforts.

The biomedical research enterprise includes a range of research, including basic science, behavioral and social science, and clinical research and will be described hereafter as biomedical research. Excellent mentorship and superior training are critical to developing exceptional future scientists and building a diverse scientific workforce in the U.S. However, these efforts may not always be appropriately recognized or well compensated. As such, the intent of this NOSI is to reach those individuals with limited NIH support.

Mentoring can be defined as “a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the relational partners through the provision of career and psychosocial support” (NASEM, 2019). Mentorship provides psychosocial and career support, self-efficacy, and science identity; it is also culturally responsive (NASEM, 2019). To date, NIH has supported such efforts via NOT-OD-22-057 and NOT-OD-23-002.  This Notice of Special Interest aims to continue this program into Fiscal Year 2024.

If interested in this opportunity, Duke investigators should contact:

Cinthia E. Sanchez, Ph.D. (cinthia.sanchez@duke.edu), CTSA Program Director, Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) 

Application Due Date – February 16, 2024


Eligibility Requirements

 To be an eligible individual, PD/PIs must be supported by no more than one institutional award considered an independent NIH  grant at the time of application. Support from awards on the “smaller grants” list do not count toward the independent research project grant award (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm). The list of “smaller grants” is being used to determine whether the parent award counts toward the number of independent research project grant award and not ESI status. Only one request per supported PD/PI will be considered. Only one request per awarded grant will be considered.

PD/PIs with prior mentoring experience but no mentoring in their parent grant are not eligible individuals.

Individuals to be added and supported with funds from this administrative supplement must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. For the definition of citizens and noncitizen nationals, please visit:



Active awards with project end dates in July 2025 or later are eligible. The award may not be in a terminal no-cost extension or going into a no-cost extension in FY2024.

FAQs are on the COSWD website: 

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