What We Do:
To enhance the pool of underrepresented populations in the sciences, the National Institute on Drug Abuse established the Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) 20 years ago. The mission of the ODHD is to strengthen the NIDA extramural research portfolio through a more diverse and robust extramural research workforce, attracting and retaining talented individuals from all backgrounds, and to support research aimed at reducing health disparities in order to fulfill the mission of NIDA.
The ODHD’s goals are to:
- Recruit and retain underrepresented scholars and researchers actively participating in research.
- Enhance the pool of independently funded underrepresented scholars and researchers conducting substance use and addiction research.
- Develop strategies to reduce health disparities and improve the health of vulnerable populations.
What's New from ODHD?
- Attention all New and At-Risk Investigators!
We are excited to share a new and groundbreaking funding opportunity, the “NIDA, NIMH, and NINDS Research Opportunities for New and "At-Risk" Investigators to Promote Workforce Diversity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional.” This program is intended to support New and At-Risk Investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the health-related sciences proposing research within the mission of the participating NIH Institutes. See the FOA, PAR-22-181 and FAQs page to learn more about eligibility, the required Institutional Eligibility Letter, and other important aspects of this new opportunity. NIDA intends to commit up to $5 million per fiscal year. Contact Dr. Albert Avila (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
- NIDA is now participating in PAR-20-153, "NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support the educational activities for PreK through 12th grade, as well as informal science educational activities, that enhance diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce and foster a better understanding of NIH-funded research and its public health implications. Information on current SEPA projects can be found at: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA).
- NIDA is now participating in PAR-21-277, " Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”. The program provides support for well-designed courses for skills development and mentoring activities to prepare cohorts of postdoctoral and early-career faculty scholars supported by MOSAIC K99/R00 awards to transition into, succeed, and advance in independent, tenure-track or equivalent, research-intensive faculty careers. Please see the funding announcement for more information.
- NIDA Scientific Workforce and Research Diversity Programs, Initiatives, and Funding Opportunities
- NIDA Health Disparities Research and Funding Opportunities
For general NIDA research training, career development, and other funding opportunities see the following links:
- High School and Undergraduate
- Graduate Students
- Postdoctoral Researchers
- Early-Career Investigator Awards
- Mid-Career Investigator Awards
- Institutional Awards
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