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Training Opportunities for Special Populations

NIA participates in NIH-wide programs to increase diversity in the research workforce, supplements these programs with NIA-specific initiatives that target particular stages of research training, and co-funds initiatives with the same overall goals offered by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The goals of these programs are to improve the diversity of the research workforce by increasing the numbers of trained researchers from underrepresented groups who become leaders in their research field. NIH, including NIA, expects these efforts to improve the recruitment of the most talented researchers in all groups, to improve the quality of the broader educational and training environment, to lead to more inclusive research priority-setting, to improve researchers’ capacity to recruit research participants from all sectors of the community and to improve the capacity of research to address and eliminate health disparities.

NIGMS Programs to Diversify the Research Workforce

NIA-specific Programs to Diversity the Research Workforce

NIH programs to diversify the research workforce

NIGMS Programs to Diversify the Research Workforce

NIA funds or co-funds with the NIGMS projects relevant to aging research under the following mechanisms:

Support of Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE)

SCORE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions that have an explicit historical mission focused on training and graduating students from underrepresented groups. For further details visit NIGMS Web page on SCORE.

NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (NIH BP ENDURE R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIH Blueprint R25 program is to encourage and support undergraduate students from diverse background, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce, to enter Ph.D. degree programs in the neuroscience and pursue further studies or careers in research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, and Mentoring Activities. For further details about the NIH BP ENDURE R25, visit the RFA.

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers, visit the RFA.

NIA-specific Programs to Diversify the Research Workforce

Aging Research Dissertation Awards (R36)

As part of NIA's broader effort to increase the diversity of the research workforce on aging, the institute is offering dissertation support to eligible students. This dissertation research award announcement is intended to stimulate the participation of individuals from the following groups:

  1. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  2. Individuals with disabilities
  3. Individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, which have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research

For more information, see:

Aging Research Dissertation Awards To Increase Diversity

BRAIN initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)

The purpose of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) program is to enhance workforce diversity in the neuroscience workforce and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds in BRAIN Initiative research areas. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers. For more information visit PAR-18-813 and PAR-18-814.

Add-On Slots

This program permits directors of NIA-supported training grants (T32s) to obtain a temporary additional pre- or postdoctoral training slot if an eligible and qualified student from a background likely to diversify the research is identified and no appropriate slots on the training grant are available.

For more information: