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NIH Research Supplement Grants to Promote Diversity

As a public research institution, the University of Kentucky has many faculty who have grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding agency recognizes the unique and compelling need to promote diversity. The agency expects efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve our nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.

The Supplemental Grant Awards for undergraduates provide up to $10 per hour, plus an additional $200.00 per month for supplies and travel. Awards for graduate students provide tuition, a salary and fringe benefits totaling up to $37,740, plus $4,000 per year for supplies and travel. Direct costs for individual administrative supplements vary from less than $5,000 to more than $75,000 depending on the career level of the student candidate. At the time of a supplemental award, the parent grant must have support remaining for a reasonable period (usually two years or more).

The goal of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to serve as facilitators, assisting students with identifying faculty mentors using our faculty databases and the Sponsored Project Information Files (SPIFi) database. Our office is also committed to assisting faculty with grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For Students

UK faculty (investigators) who are funded by this agency are eligible to apply for supplemental funds to support eligible students that promote diversity. Investigators (faculty) are listed in the Sponsored Project Information Files (SPIFi) database.

Student Eligibility Criteria

1) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are considered as underrepresented minorities (African American, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives - definition based on National Science Foundation studies).

2) Individuals with disabilities (a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities).

3) Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds including, (a) those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds ( and (b) those who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently, directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

For Faculty Investigators

The NIH Supplement Program

For more information about the NIH Research Supplement Grant Application process, contact:

Margot D. McCullers, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Office of the Vice President for Research
Director, Proposal Development Office
504G Margaret I. King Library
Lexington, KY  40506-0039
Phone: (859) 257-2861
Fax: (859) 323-1464

For assistance with identifying and contacting eligible undergraduate students, contact:

Bessie Guerrant, Associate Director
Faculty Support
Office of Undergraduate Research
211 Funkhouser
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Phone: 859-257-6322

Sponsored by Undergraduate Education, the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Proposal Development Office in collaboration with the Office for Institutional Diversity.