Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
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Diversifying Your Workforce

To support small businesses aspiring to diversify their workforce, the NIH provides funding to awardees (in form of an administrative supplement) to recruit and employ students, postdoctoral researchers, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented.
The supplement:

  • Is awarded if you have an active grant – the funds are a supplement connected with your existing grant
  • Supports work within the scope of the original project
  • Provides additional support to those who are or have become disabled

Read the funding opportunity announcement for more information on the award, eligibility, submission, and review.

If you have questions about the supplement or your eligibility, please find your point of contact in the table below.
Institutes and Centers (IC) Contacts for Administrative Supplement to Diversify Your Workforce


NIH/CDC Institute or Center
[Scientific Contact/ Grants Management Contact]

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Scientific Contact:
Lili M. Portilla
Phone: 301-827-7170
Email: lili.portilla@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Imoni Washington
Phone: 301-435-2939
Email: imoni.washington@nih.gov

NCATS Specific Information:
NCATS supports diversity supplements to NCATS Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months period of time remaining at the time of award to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NCATS does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact their NCATS Program Officer to discuss.

 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Scientific Contact:
Merav Sabri
Phone: 301-496-2583
Email: merav.sabri@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Shelly Headley
Phone: 301-594-3788
Email: shelly.headley@nih.gov

NCCIH Specific Information:
NCCIH supports diversity supplements to NCCIH Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 9 months remaining to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NCCIH does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact NCCIH Small Business Program Officer.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Scientific Contact:
Deepa Narayanan
Phone: 240-276-5229
Email: narayanand@mail.nih.gov

Greg Evans
Phone: 240-276-5245
Email: ncisbir@mail.nih.gov

Kory Hallett
Phone: 240-276-5882
Email: ncisbir@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Shane Woodward
Phone: 240-276-6303
Email: woodwars@mail.nih.gov

NCI Specific Information:
At the time of the supplement application, the grantees should have at least 5 months remaining in their parent award. The award must not be in no-cost extension at the time of application. The project period requested for all Administrative Supplements should be adequate to complete the proposed supplemental work.  Awardees are strongly encouraged to discuss your Administrative Supplement request in advance with the NCI SBIR Program Director listed on your NCI SBIR/STTR Notice of Award.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientific Contact:
Paek Lee
Phone: 301-435-8164
Email: paek.lee@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Karen Robinson Smith
Phone: 301-435-8178
Email: kyr@nei.nih.gov

NEI Specific Information: http://www.nei.nih.gov
NEI supports diversity supplements to NEI Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months period of time remaining to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NEI does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact NEI Small Business Program Officer.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Scientific Contact:
Michael W. Smith
Phone: 301-496-7531
Email: michael.smith@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Zephaun Harvey
Phone: 301-435-7859
Email: zephaun.harvey@nih.gov
  

NHGRI Specific Information: https://www.genome.gov/
NHGRI supports diversity supplements to NHGRI Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants at all career levels. 

Candidates cannot be supported during a no-cost extension (NCE). There should be at least six months left on the award. A candidate cannot be supported by the parent grant at the time the application is submitted to NHGRI.  Individuals may be supported by the parent grant for short periods, at the recipient’s risk, pending Institute/Center decision on the supplement application.  A parent grant may only support one diversity supplement at a time.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If an applicant is seeking an award before the end of a fiscal year (September 30) applications must be received no later than May 15. 

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact NHGRI Small Business Program Coordinator.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific Contact:
Stephanie Davis
Phone: 301-496-8412
Email: stephanie.davis3@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Ann Marie Brasile Mejac
Phone: 301-827-8016
Email: brasilea@nhlbi.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:
NHLBI supports diversity supplements to NHLBI Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months period of time remaining at the time of award to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NHLBI does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension. Candidates who have been supported by the parent grant for >90 days at the time of the award are not eligible for the Diversity Supplement program.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact NHLBI Small Business Program Coordinator.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific Contact:
Armineh Ghazarian
Phone: 301-827-6219
Email: armineh.ghazarian@nih.gov
  
Grants Management Contact:
Jessi Perez
Phone: 301-402-7739
Email: jessi.perez@nia.nih.gov

 

NIA Specific Information:
NIA encourages applications for diversity supplements to Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants.  Diversity supplements are available to trainees across the career-development spectrum.

At the time of supplement application, parent SBIR and STTR grants must have a minimum of 6 months remaining to ensure sufficient time and opportunity for diversity-based candidates to gain experience. 

Interested SBIR and STTR grantees are strongly encouraged to contact Armineh Ghazarian.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific Contact:
Megan Ryan
Phone: 301-443-4225
Email: mryan1@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Jeff Thurston
Phone:  301-443-9801
Email:  jeffrey.thurston@nih.gov

NIAAA Specific Information:
NIAAA supports diversity supplements to NIAAA Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

The parent grant must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of supplement application. NIAAA does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Interested candidates should contact the NIAAA SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Scientific Contact:
Natalia Kruchinin
Phone: 240-669-2919
Email: natalia.kruchinin@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Jason Lundgren
Phone: 240-669-2973
Email: jason.lundgren@nih.gov

NIAID Specific Information:
https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/research-supplements#admin

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Scientific Contacts:
Raj Srinath, PhD
Phone: 301-827-6943
Email: raj.srinath@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Leslie Littlejohn
Phone: (301) 594-2545
Email: littlele@mail.nih.gov

NIAMS Specific Information:
NIAMS supports diversity supplements to NIAMS Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels. At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have a reasonable period of time remaining (greater than one year) to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NIAMS does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Interested SBIR and STTR grantees are strongly encouraged to contact the NIAMS Small Business Program Director.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Scientific Contact:
Ilana Grace Goldberg
Phone: 301-402-3465
Email: ilana.goldberg@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
James Huff
Phone: 301-451-4786
Email: james.huff@nih.gov

NIBIB Specific Information:
NIBIB supports diversity supplements to NIBIB Phase I & II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

The parent grant must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of the supplement application.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIBIB Small Business Office at NIBIB-SBIR@mail.nih.gov before submitting an application.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Scientific Contact:
Sujata Bardhan
Phone: 301-435-0471
Email: sujata.bardhan@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mindy Bixby
Phone: 301-402-3204
Email: mindy.bixby@nih.gov

 

NICHD Specific Information:
NICHD supports diversity supplements to NICHD Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement award, the parent grant must have at least 6 months period of time remaining at the time of award to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NICHD does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

A parent grant may only support one diversity supplement at a time. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If an applicant is seeking an award before the end of a fiscal year (September 30) applications must be received no later than May 15.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact NICHD Small Business Program Coordinator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific Contact:
Leonardo Angelone
Phone: 301-827-5946
Email: leonardo.angelone@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Amy Connolly
Phone: 301-827-4457
Email: amy.connolly@nih.gov

 

NIDA Specific Information:
NIDA encourages applications for diversity supplements to Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants. Diversity supplements are available to trainees across the career-development spectrum, from early-stage to post-doctoral candidates.

At the time of the supplement application, the parent SBIR/STTR grant should have a reasonable period of time remaining (generally a minimum of 6 months) to ensure sufficient time for review and opportunity for diversity-based candidates to gain experience.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Interested SBIR and STTR grantees are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDA Small Business contacts for this FOA and their Program Officer prior to submitting a supplement application.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Research Training and Career Development Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas
Phone: 301-496-1804
Email: riveraa@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Christopher Myers
Phone: 301-435-0713
Email: myersc@nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:
NIDCD encourages applications for diversity supplements to NIDCD Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants. The parent award must have an active budget that is at least equivalent to the duration of the requested supplement and should not be (or go) in non-cost extension, to ensure sufficient time and opportunity for diversity-based candidates to gain experience. Prior to submitting a diversity supplement application, PIs are encouraged to contact NIDCD’s Extramural Research Training Officer.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Scientific Contact:
Orlando Lopez
Phone: 301-402-4243
Email: orlando.lopez@nih.gov
Research Training and Career Development Contact:
Lynn M. King
Phone: 301-594-5006
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg
Phone: 301-594-4798
Email: diana.rutberg@nih.gov

NIDCR supports diversity supplements to NIDCR Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, parent grants must have a minimum of 6 months remaining at the time of the supplement award to support a candidate’s career development experience. NIDCR will not award diversity supplements to grants during no-cost extension.

PD/PIs are encouraged to contact the NIDCR Scientific and Research Training Program Officers prior to submitting a diversity supplement application.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Scientific Contact:
Daniel Gossett
Phone: 301-594-7723
Email: daniel.gossett@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Pamela Love
Phone: 301-435-6198
Email: pamela.love@nih.gov

NIDDK encourages applications for diversity supplements to Phase II and IIB SBIR and STTR grants at all career levels. At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have a reasonable period of time remaining at the time of possible award (generally greater than 6 months) to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NIDDK will not award diversity supplements to grants during no-cost extension. PD(s)/PI(s) are strongly encouraged to contact their Program Official to discuss a potential supplement request.

The NIDDK will allow only one diversity supplement under a parent grant.

Because this program is not intended to provide an alternative or additional means of supporting individuals who receive support from PHS funding mechanisms, diversity candidates may not be transferred to supplemental support prior to the completion of their appointed period of their current PHS support. In addition, individuals may not be transferred to a supplement from a parent PHS award to increase the availability of funds to the parent grant for other uses.

As per NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-095 (available at: http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-095.html), the NIDDK reserves the right to administratively withdraw incomplete applications.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Scientific Contact:
Lingamanaidu V. Ravichandran
Phone: 984-287-3309
Email: lingamanaidu.ravichandran@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Jenny L. Greer
Phone: 984-287-3332
Email: jenny.greer@nih.gov

NIEHS Specific Information:
NIEHS encourages applications for diversity supplements to Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants.

At the time of supplement application, parent SBIR and STTR grants must have a minimum of 6 months remaining to ensure sufficient time and opportunity for diversity-based candidates to gain experience. NIEHS does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.
For SBIR grantees supported by the Superfund Research Program’s “Hazardous Substance Remediation and Detection Program,” requests are limited to one application per grant, $50K total costs, for the following levels: Baccalaureate and Master's Degree Holders, Graduate (Predoctoral) and Health Professional Students, and Individuals in Postdoctoral Training.
For SBIR grantees supported by the Worker Education and Training Program, this program announcement does not apply.

For all other grantees, diversity supplements are available to trainees across the career-development spectrum, from early-stage to post-doctoral candidates.

PD/PIs should contact their SBIR/STTR grant Program Officer to discuss prior to submitting a diversity supplement application.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Scientific Contact:
Shakira M. Nelson
E-mail: shakira.nelson@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Brian Iglesias
Phone: 301-451-5903
Email: brian.iglesias@nih.gov

 

NIGMS Specific Information:
https://www.nigms.nih.gov/research/mechanisms/pages/promotediversity.aspx​

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientific Contact:
Margaret C. Grabb
Phone: 301-443-3563
Email: margaret.grabb@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Jane Lin
Phone: 301-443-2229
Email: jane.lin@nih.gov

NIMH Specific Information:
NIMH encourages applications for diversity supplements to Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grants.

At the time of supplement application, parent SBIR and STTR grants should have approximately two years remaining to ensure sufficient time and opportunity for diversity-based candidates to gain experience. The R&D is expected to be conducted at the small business.  For training opportunities under two years, please contact NIMH staff to determine if the training plan is appropriate. 

Interested SBIR and STTR grantees are strongly encouraged to contact the NIMH Small Business Coordinator.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Scientific Contact:
Judith A. Arroyo
Phone: 301-402-0717
Email: jarroyo@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Priscilla Grant
Phone: 301-594-8412
Email: priscilla.grant@nih.gov

 

NIMHD Specific Information:
NIMHD supports diversity supplements to NIMHD Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels. Applications for postdoctoral fellows and/or early-stage investigator candidates are particularly encouraged.  
The parent grant must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of the diversity supplement application to ensure sufficient time and opportunity for candidates to gain experience. NIMHD does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.  

Applications may be submitted any time throughout the year. Investigators are encouraged to submit applications at least two months prior to the requested start date. Applications received after July 31 are normally considered for funding in the following fiscal year that begins on October 1.

Investigators planning to apply are highly encouraged to consult the program official responsible for the parent grant prior to submitting an application.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Scientific Contact:
Natalie Trzcinski
Phone: 301-496-1779
Email: natalie.trzcinski@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Chief Grants Management Officer
Email: ChiefGrantsManagementOfficer@ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:
NINDS supports diversity supplements to NINDS Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have a reasonable period of time remaining at the time of possible award (generally greater than 6 months) to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NINDS does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Procedures and supplementary information for preparation, submission, and review of applications for SBIR/STTR diversity research supplements for NINDS grantees: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Funding/Training-Career-Development/Award/SUP-Supplements-Promote-Diversity-Research-and-Development

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Scientific Contact:
Kristopher Bough
Phone: 301-337-1372
Email: kristopher.bough@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Randi Freundlich
Phone: 301-594-5974
Email:  randi.freundlich@nih.gov
 

NINR Specific Information: www.ninr.nih.gov
Diversity supplements for NINR Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants are encouraged and available to trainees across multiple career levels, from undergraduate students to Investigators developing independent research careers.

NINR will not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submission, interested applicants should contact the NINR Scientific Contact to discuss.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Scientific Contact:
Jane Ye
Phone: 301-594-4927
Email: yej@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Samantha J. Tempchin
Phone: 301-496-4222
tempchins@mail.nih.gov

NLM Specific Information:
NLM supports diversity supplements to NLM Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR grants at all career levels. At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months period of time remaining at the time of award to support an optimal career development experience for the candidate. NLM does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension. Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact their NLM Program Officer to discuss.

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)

Scientific Contact:
Miguel Contreras
Phone: 301-594-4927
Email: miguel.contreras@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Nicole Franklin
Phone: 240-402-8682
Email: nicole.franklin@nih.gov

ORIP Specific Information:
The ORIP Small Business Program supports diversity supplements to ORIP Phase II SBIR/STTR grants for all eligible career levels and will commit up to $160,000 per year to support applications submitted in response to this FOA.

To provide an optimal career development experience for the candidate, the parent grant must have at least 12 months remaining when the supplement application is awarded. A candidate cannot be supported by the parent grant at the time the application is submitted to ORIP. A parent grant may support only one diversity supplement at any time. ORIP does not award diversity supplements to grants that are in no-cost extension.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the ORIP Program Officer before applying.

For additional information please go to: 
ORIP Diversity Supplement Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Scientific Contact:
Marcienne Wright
Phone: 770-488-4850
Email: MWright3@cdc.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Angie Willard
Phone: 770-488-2863
Email: AEN4@cdc.gov
 

NCIPC Specific Information: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html

NCIPC supports diversity supplements to NCIPC Phase I and Phase II SBIR grants at all career levels. The diversity supplement application’s budget must be limited to 25% or less of the parent SBIR award’s budget in the current budget period and must reflect the actual needs of the candidate’s research and training within scope of the parent award’s funded research aims. Supplements awarded will be informed by the career level of the candidate, NCIPC program priorities, and availability of funds.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of award to support optimal career development experience for the candidate. Only one supplement application submission is permitted per SBIR grant award per year. NCIPC does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact the NCIPC Small Business Program Coordinator. Contact with NCIPC staff is highly recommended before the submission of an application.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)

Scientific Contact:
Marcienne Wright
Phone: 770-488-4850
Email: MWright3@cdc.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Barbara (Rene’) Benyard
Phone: 770-488-2757
Email: RBenyard.@cdc.gov

 

NCEH Specific Information: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/

NCEH supports diversity supplements to NCEH Phase I and Phase II SBIR grants at all career levels. The diversity supplement application’s budget must be limited to 25% or less of the parent SBIR award’s budget in the current budget period and must reflect the actual needs of the candidate’s research and training within scope of the parent award’s funded research aims. Supplements awarded will be informed by the career level of the candidate, NCEH program priorities, and availability of funds.

At the time of supplement application, the parent grant must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of award to support optimal career development experience for the candidate. Only one supplement application submission is permitted per SBIR grant award per year. NCEH does not award diversity supplements to grants in a no-cost extension.

Prior to submitting the supplement, interested applicants should contact the NCEH Small Business Program Coordinator. Contact with NCEH staff is highly recommended before the submission of an application.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Scientific Contact:
Steve Dearwent
Phone: 404-498-6382
Email: SDearwent@cdc.gov  

Grants Management Contact:
Mary Pat Shanahan
Phone 412-386 4453
Email: MShanahan@cdc.gov

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector and strengthens the role of small business in meeting federal research or research and development needs by increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results. This unique portfolio encourages participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses and women-owned businesses to improve the return on investment from federally funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation.

Please contact the program official for more information on applying for this supplement.