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Procedures for Program Guidance, Submission, and Review of Diversity and Reentry Research Supplement Applications

(Supplementary Information)


This supplementary information applies to applications requesting selected research supplements to active National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) grants. Its purpose is to clarify the application process and is not intended to substitute for the specific program announcements (PA). These are:

In all cases, at the time of a supplemental award, the parent grant must have support remaining for a reasonable period (usually two years or more). All additional costs must be within the scope of the peer-reviewed and approved project.  

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) and non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Supplemental awards under this program are limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or some other legal evidence of admission for permanent residence at the time of application).

Program Guidance, Submission, Review, and Funding of Applications

As outlined below, the processing of research supplement applications at NIDCR generally requires approximately eight weeks from the date of receipt to a funding decision by NIDCR.

Program Guidance in Development of the Application and the Career Development/Mentorship Plan

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the NIDCR grant, who will serve as mentor for the individual (the candidate) to be supported through the supplement, should contact both Dr. Lynn King and his/her relevant Program Official (PO) prior to submission of an application.  NIDCR staff will answer questions and generally explain the underrepresented minority, disability, or reentry supplement program to the PI. 

The application must include the components outlined in the Program Announcement, including Research Plan sections applicable to the proposed supplement activities.  At a minimum, the Research Strategy section should be completed and must include the candidate's Research Experience Plan, not to exceed six pages.  Other sections must also be included if they are being changed by the proposed supplement activities.

The following helps to clarify what NIDCR expects to see in a complete application:

  • Research Plan: Because this will be an administrative (non-competitive) supplement to an existing Research Project Grant, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved ongoing research of the parent grant.  At the same time, the work proposed for the candidate must be a circumscribed project that has the potential to contribute significantly to the research development of the candidate.
  • Extent and Scope of the Career Development/Mentorship Experiences: The Program Announcement requires a Research Experience Plan that includes a description of how the candidate's research and career development experiences will expand and foster the research capabilities of the candidate and how they relate to the research goals and objectives of the parent grant. The expectation is that an adequate and appropriate career development/mentorship plan will be prepared for the candidate. The plan should go well beyond basic laboratory assignments, supervision plans or lists of seminars or laboratory meetings to be attended. The plan should take into account the typical barriers and impediments encountered by all trainees, as well as the unique challenges that racial and ethnic minority individuals and those with disabilities, encounter in gaining entry and progressing in the biomedical, behavioral and social, and clinical research career tracks. The plan should also present evidence that the proposed experience is appropriate for the stage of the individual’s research development, and that it will significantly enhance the individual’s research potential, while furthering the individual’s ability to pursue a research career.
  • Career Goals. Transition Plans and Timeline: Within the Research Experience Plan, the PI is expected to provide detailed objectives and associated timelines for helping the candidate achieve his/her research objectives and career goals, and make the transition to the next stage of his/her research career. For example, postdoctoral and minority investigator level candidates will be expected to submit an application for NIDCR support through other research or research development funding opportunities prior to completion of the research supplement.  Junior Investigators are encouraged to apply for fellowships, mentored career awards and other developmental awards prior to competing for more independent awards such as the R01.
  • Specification of Candidate’s Goals and Objectives and their Achievement: The Biographical Sketch of the candidate must include a statement outlining his/her short- and long-term research objectives and career goals. 

Review of Applications

Once the application is received by the Chief GMO, it will be forwarded to the Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch, the Grants Management Specialist and the relevant Program Officer for review.

Funding decisions are generally dependent on: 1) quality of the application and the proposed project (e.g., the career development/mentorship plan); and 2) availability of funds.

General Inquiries

For general information about the “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research" and “Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers,” please contact:

Dr. Lynn Mertens King
Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch 
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 690
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 594-5006
Fax: (301) 402-7033

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This page last updated: September 23, 2015