NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute
Virtual Course: August 15-19, 2022

HDRI 2023 dates will be announced early next year.

The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising early-career minority health/health disparities research scientists and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. Applications will only be accepted from individuals who meet NIH’s early-stage investigator (ESI) eligibility criteria.

All information needed to prepare an HDRI application and common questions are included on this page or in the Frequently Asked Questions:


Program Content

The program features lectures on minority health and health disparities research, small group discussions, mock grant review, and seminars. Institute participants will have the opportunity to meet with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various NIH Institutes and Centers.

Lecture and seminar topics focus on the etiology of health disparities, research design, methods and measurement, and intervention and implementation research. Participants will receive consultation on developing a research interest into an application—R21, R01, K award—and preparing research strategies and methodologies for proposed studies.

Target Audience / Eligibility

  • This program is intended for early-stage investigators (ESIs) who have completed their terminal degree or post-graduate clinical training within the past 10 years.
  • Additionally, applicants must have either a Ph.D., M.D./D.O., Sc.D., Dr. P.H., Pharm.D., Psy.D., D.D.S./D.M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution at the time of submitting the application.
  • Applications will only be accepted from individuals who are currently in post-doctoral, assistant professor, or comparable research positions.
  • Further, applications will only be accepted from individuals who are planning to submit a K or R grant to NIH within the next 12 months.

Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Previous participants of the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course, NIH and HHS staff are not eligible to apply. Admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory regardless of other professional commitments.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on several factors:

  • An NIH Biosketch that includes professional and research experience, educational and career achievements and a record of peer reviewed publications (first or co-authored).
  • A personal statement outlining career goals, reasons for participating in the program, and plans for obtaining NIH funding.
  • An NIH Specific Aims page that details the scientific premise/background, aims/hypotheses, and proposed methodology that will form the basis of a future NIH grant submission.
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation documenting support for the candidate and the future NIH grant submission.

Preference will be given to applicants who can clearly demonstrate that they plan to submit an NIH grant application within one year of attending the HDRI. Additionally, applicants will be selected based on their research accomplishments, research interests, and potential for implementing the knowledge gained during the HDRI into their research program.


There is no tuition cost for participating in the HDRI.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the HDRI application portal by the due date; emailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline since late submissions will not be accepted.

  • HDRI application portal opens: February 7, 2022
  • HDRI application portal closes: March 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • HDRI acceptance notifications sent by email by June 1, 2022
  • HDRI virtual course: August 15-19, 2022

For questions or more information, email

Page updated July 28, 2023