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UCSF Research Development Office (RDO): Grant Templates and Guides: Get to know NIH Diversity Supplements

Event summary

Get to Know NIH Diversity Supplements

On March 12, 2019, the UCSF Research Development Office, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Differences Matter Research Action Group for Equity hosted a Get to Know NIH Diversity Supplements event. Dr. Desirée Salazar, Program Director at NIGMS, gave an overview of the funding mechanism. We also discussed UCSF resources to assist in the preparation of a diversity supplement application.

The slide deck and a recording of the event are below.

Presentation slide deck

Recording of event

A version of the recording with English captions is available here.

Summary of evaluation survey

Evaluation Summary

Below is a summary of the feedback we heard via the post-event evaluation survey. We are very appreciative of these comments and will keep them in mind as we plan future activities.

Overall the evaluations were positive, however, there were comments about potential areas to improve upon, including:

  • More clarity around what the different NIH institutes require for diversity supplements
  • Include information for potential applicants on how to write their portion of the application
  • Include speakers who’ve had a diversity supplement to give their perspective/advice
  • Include more information on what candidates are eligible, including other diverse groups such as LBGTQ, learning & physical disabilities. 
  • Less focus on economically disadvantaged as that may take away from a key goal of diversity supplements, which is to address the inequities and power dynamics that exist in science due to the low representation of people of color

A summary of the quantitative data is below:

  • 87% agreed or strongly agreed they would recommend the event to a friend/colleague
  • 86% agreed or strongly agreed that they had a better understanding of diversity supplements as a funding mechanism because of the event
  • 73% agreed or strongly agreed they would be able to utilize the UCSF diversity supplement resources now or in the near future