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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Encouraging Health Disparities and Health Equity Workforce Development within NIDDK Mission Areas

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to stimulate workforce development in biomedical research areas to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity within the scope of NIDDK’s mission diseases and conditions. NIDDK conducts and supports research and research training to improve health and quality of life for people with diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders; liver, intestinal, and other digestive diseases; obesity; nutritional disorders; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases. Many of these diseases and conditions disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations and others who are medically underserved. 

Creating pathways to health for all people in the U.S. to live the longest and healthiest lives possible is essential to foster vibrant, healthy communities and the country’s overall productivity. Therefore, cross-cutting themes of NIDDK’s Strategic Plan for Research emphasize the need to achieve optimal health for all individuals across the lifespan by strengthening training and enhancing diversity of the biomedical workforce across the spectrum of NIDDK science (basic, clinical, translational). Achieving these objectives requires nurturing talented multidisciplinary investigators and research teams comprised of individuals with a breadth of lived experiences and advanced research competencies that include skills to effectively collaborate with communities who would benefit from, or be impacted by, NIDDK’s research.

Applicants should carefully review the objective and scope of this NOSI and refer to NOT-DK-24-007 for more information about NIDDK’s additional interests in supporting research that addresses health disparities and health equity. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult NIDDK program staff prior to submission to determine relevance for NIDDK and the most appropriate NOSI to cite, as some mechanisms may be available for both NOT-DK-24-007 and this NOSI.

This NOSI invites applications focused on training and workforce development activities to improve health disparities and health equity research within the scope of NIDDK’s mission diseases and conditions. Applications may focus on individual or institutional research training and workforce development activities across the spectrum of basic, clinical, behavioral, social, and translational biomedical sciences relevant to NIDDK’s mission.

This notice applies to due dates on or after April 8, 2024 and subsequent receipt dates through April 7, 2027.