NIH issues Notice of Special Interest for supplements to promote research career re-entry and re-integration

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The administrative supplements provided under this program may be for either part-time or full-time (equivalent to 12 person-months) support for the candidate.  

It can be challenging to resume research activities after an interruption for family responsibilities or other circumstances, such as the adverse effects of an unsafe or discriminatory environment. To provide support for a mentored research training experience for individuals with high potential to re-enter or re-integrate into an active research career, NIH has recently issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI; NOT-OD-21-134) to promote re-entry and re-integration into an active research career.  

The goal of this program is to provide support for a mentored research training experience that provides these scientists an opportunity to update or extend their research skills and knowledge and prepare them to re-establish their careers in research. Through administrative supplement applications to existing NIH research grants, the program will support full or part-time mentored research experiences by these individuals. It is anticipated that by the completion of the supplement support period, the re-entry/re-integration scientist will be prepared to apply for a fellowship (F), career development (K) award, a research award (R), or other types of independent research support. As part of this NOSI:  

  • The Re-entry Supplements program is intended to provide mentored research training opportunities for a minimum of 1 year to re-enter biomedical research to individuals with doctoral degrees, who have interrupted their research careers for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. 

  • The Re-integration Program addresses the critical need to provide individuals, including predoctoral students, who are adversely affected by unsafe or discriminatory environments resulting from unlawful harassment, to rapidly transition into new safer, and more supportive research environments. The goal is to provide these individuals a timely and seamless continuation of their research training programs and to safely reintegrate into the biomedical workforce.  

In all cases, the proposed research experience must be within the scope of the NIH-supported grant project and be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award. The candidate’s proposed mentored research experience must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate. The individual supported under this supplemental award must be allowed to act as a full participant in the research project and must be given an opportunity to update and enhance their research capabilities. This will allow the candidate to begin the process of re-establishing a career as a productive, competitive investigator. 

For more information, please view the full NOSI. Applications for this initiative must be submitted using PA-20-272 (Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreement). Submission dates for applications will vary by awarding Institute or Center – please see the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements, and Staff Contacts for more details.