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NIDA Diversity Scholars Network A Mentoring and Grantsmanship Professional Development Program

NIDA Diversity Scholars Network

A Mentoring and Grantsmanship Professional Development Program

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) is accepting applications for the NIDA Diversity Scholars Network (NDSN) program. The NDSN is a competitive, rigorous, and comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the funding success of outstanding underrepresented early-stage investigators conducting drug abuse research. The NDSN program consists of two sessions and an interim grant development period that will support a cohort of scholars in applying for NIH grants to build a sustainable independent research career.

The Part I session includes: technical grant proposal feedback; information on NIH funding opportunities and review process, grantsmanship strategies, as well as professional development presentations. Scholars will be paired with an experienced scientist to discuss their research proposal which will be used as the basis for their mock review grant application (Session II). Scholars are encouraged to maintain periodic contact with their scientific coach during the interim period between session I and II while developing their NIH grant application. The Part I session will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019 at NIDA in Bethesda, MD.

NOTE: All participants accepted into Part I are required to attend Part II, a mock review of their draft NIH grant application, to be held at NIDA in Bethesda, MD on September 12-13, 2019.


  • Postdoctoral fellows with a minimum of two full years postdoc experience, clinical residents, and other early-stage investigators (ESIs) who have not received an NIH R01 grant (or equivalent); ESIs should be less than 10 years since receipt of their terminal degree;

  • A minimum of two published first-authored peer reviewed papers within that last three years;

  • Scientists underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral sciences, such as: individuals from underrepresented populations; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply; though all individuals are eligible to participate; and

  • Applicants should be positioned to submit an NIH research grant (R03, R15, R34, R01, etc) or Mentored Career Development Award (K) application within a year of program participation.


The following application components should be submitted in Word format and emailed by midnight (local time), January 25, 2019 to Dr. Albert Avila (

  • Full Curriculum Vitae (include: past/current NIH funding support, and a list of all NIH applications submitted);

  • Personal Statement including: eligibility, detailed past research training, and future scientific/career direction;

  • Specific Aim Page of prospective NIH grant application (1 page)

  • Research concept proposal for a future grant application; research concepts must be directly relevant to the NIDA mission (a more detailed research proposal will be required prior to the first session) (5 pages);

  • E-mail subject line should include: 2019 NIDA Diversity Scholars Network application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight (local time), January 25, 2019

Applicants will be notified of their status by February 15, 2019. NIDA will provide travel awards for selected scholars including: round-trip airfare, two nights of lodging, per diem, and ground transportation.

For additional information contact:

Albert Avila, Ph.D.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH/DHHS


Director, Office of Diversity and Health Disparities

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