RESEARCH SUPPLEMENTS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES
To take advantage of the Research Supplement Program, a minority candidate must work in a lab with someone who has an NIH grant. To get a list of NIH-supported investigators at an institution like Harvard University, go to the NIH Web page at http://www.nih.gov and click on "Grants and Funding Opportunities" and then on "CRISP." . The "CRISP icon" will appear on the left. Click on the "CRISP icon" to go to the "Query Form." Near the bottom of the "Query Form", enter the name of the institution (e.g., Harvard University). Submit the query. You will get a list of NIH-supported investigators at Harvard University. The grant number, the name of the investigator, and the title of the research project will be displayed. If you click on the title of the project, you will get the investigator's e-mail address and an abstract of the research project.
If there are more than 250 investigators at the university, you will have to go back to the "Query Form" and change the default number "250" in the "Maximum Record" box (located on the left, near the top) to a more appropriate number before you submit the query.
When the investigators are called, they should be told that NIH has a program (Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities) that provides support for minority students, postdoctoral fellows, etc. The investigators should be asked if they would be willing to sponsor you in their lab. If the investigators have any questions about the Research Supplement Program they should be invited to call me at 301-594-3833. I will answer questions, tell them how to prepare the application for a supplement to their grant, and let them know where to send it.
Anthony A. René, Ph.D.