NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN)

Program Contact: Isabela Lopes.

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The NDSN is a competitive, rigorous, and comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the funding success of underrepresented early-stage investigators conducting substance use and addiction research. The NDSN program consists of two separate meetings with an interim application development period to assist scholars in applying for and receiving NIH career development awards and research grants. The deadline to apply for the 2022 NDSN program is January 14, 2022.

About the NDSN Program

The Part I meeting focuses on the fundamentals of NIH grant applications and includes: research proposal feedback, discussion of relevant NIH funding mechanisms, the NIH review process, application strategies, as well as other professional development presentations. Scholars will be paired with an experienced addiction scientist and NIDA Program Officer to discuss their research proposal which will be used as the basis for their NDSN mock review grant application. Scholars have the option to maintain periodic contact with their coaches and POs following the Part I meeting to further develop and seek feedback on their draft NIH application.

The Part II meeting consists of a mock review study section, discussion with the review panel on common grant writing pitfalls and strategies, and additional application development and resubmission presentations. All participants accepted to the program are required to participate in both the Part I and Part II meetings.

NIDA will provide travel awards for selected scholars including round-trip airfare, two nights lodging, per diem, and ground transportation for both meetings, unless the meetings become virtual.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Early-stage investigators, junior faculty, clinicians, and postdoctoral fellows (with a minimum of two full years of postdoc experience) must have a Ph.D., M.D., Pharm. D., Psy.D., R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree
  • Applicants should be within 10 years of receipt of their terminal degree and not have been awarded an NIH R01 (or equivalent grant)
  • Minimum of two published first-authored peer reviewed papers within the last three years
  • Individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply though all individuals are eligible to participate
  • Previous NDSN participants are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants should be positioned to submit an NIH Research Grant or Mentored Career Development Award application within a year of program participation
  • Priority will be given to those who have not yet participated in a career development program

Application Process:

The NDSN application season opens November 8, 2021. The 2022 NIDA Diversity Scholars Network Program Application Packet and Full Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format including a list of all publications) should be submitted to Isabela.Lopes@nih.gov by midnight (EST) on or before January 14, 2022.