HDRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)?
The HDRI is NIMHD’s flagship annual training program. This unique program includes lectures on minority health and health disparities research, small group discussions, mock grant reviews, and seminars. Program participants have the opportunity to meet NIH scientific staff engaged in health disparities research related to their interests both at NIMHD and across various NIH institutes and centers.
Who qualifies for the HDRI?
At the time of submitting their applications, interested parties must fulfill all 4 of the criteria below:
- Be an early-stage investigator (ESI) who has completed their terminal degree or postgraduate clinical training within the past 10 years.
- See if you qualify as an ESI.
- See the list of grant awards you can receive and still retain your ESI status.
Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Can I get an extension of my ESI status?
- Extensions may be granted for several reasons as described in NOT-OD-19-125.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange extension of ESI status prior to submitting the HDRI application.
- See information on how to extend your ESI period for maternity reasons.
Can I apply to the HDRI if I am currently applying for or already have been awarded an NIH grant?
- Individuals who currently hold or have been previously awarded an R01 or similar grant (annual budget of $200,000 or more) as PI or MPI are ineligible.
- Individuals who are in the process of applying for or have been awarded Ks, R03s, R21s, or other grants with annual budgets under $200,000 are eligible to apply.
- See the list of grant awards that you can receive and still retain your ESI status.
Can foreign professionals apply?
The HDRI is open to all eligible applicants. However, the NIH cannot provide any financial or travel/visa related assistance beyond the standard acceptance confirmation.
Who is not eligible to apply?
- NIH and HHS staff, including persons engaged in fellowships/training at NIH or an HHS agency.
- Individuals who previously participated in the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course.
- A person holding the rank of associate professor at the time of applying, even if still with ESI status.
How do I apply to the HDRI?
To apply to the HDRI you must submit your application via the online HDRI application portal. You will be asked to log in using an eRA Commons ID or an open access personal email address.
What do I need to submit as part of my application?
All of the following materials must be submitted by the applicant via the HDRI application portal by the deadline:
- An NIH Biosketch: Read NIH’s Biosketch guidance to learn more about the non-fellowship and fellowship formats.
- A personal statement: The personal statement should outline career goals, reasons for participating in the program, and plans for obtaining NIH funding. Word limit: 350 words.
- A Specific Aims page: The NIH specific aims page should detail the scientific premise/background, aims/hypotheses, and proposed methodology that will form the basis of a future NIH grant submission. Word limit: 850 words, no citations required.
- Two letters of reference/recommendation: The applicant must submit two letters of reference/recommendation (2-page limit each) documenting support for the candidate and the future NIH grant submission. They must be submitted in PDF format, on letterhead, addressed to the HDRI Selection Committee.
Note: There is no other specific formatting required for font or spacing.
Can I get an extension on the deadline?
No extensions or late materials via email will be allowed. Late, incomplete, or emailed applications will not be considered. Troubleshoot your application accordingly.
Is HDRI admission first come, first served?
No. All applications submitted will be reviewed by the selection committee and top finalists will be invited to attend the HDRI.
When can I submit my HDRI application?
The HDRI application portal website opens Monday, February 6, 2023, and closes Monday, March 13, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET.
When will notification of acceptance to the HDRI be sent?
All applicants will receive notification of their application status (accepted or declined) via email by June 2, 2023.
Can I discuss my application for the HDRI program or have it reviewed by NIMHD program officers?
NIMHD staff cannot provide pre-submission technical assistance or review HDRI applications prior to submission. It is highly encouraged that applicants work with their mentors to develop an HDRI application for submission.
Can I request feedback as to why I was not selected to participate in HDRI?
Due to the large volume of applications, feedback will not be provided to applicants.
When will the 2023 HDRI be held?
The HDRI will run from Monday, August 7, to Friday, August 11, 2023.
Where will the Health Disparities Research Institute take place?
The HDRI will be held in person on the NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland.
Do I have to attend the entire HDRI?
Yes. Applicants are required to attend all HDRI sessions and participate in all activities. Scholars are responsible for adjusting academic and clinical schedules well in advance of the HDRI.
How many scholars will be accepted to the 2023 HDRI?
Approximately 50 scholars will be selected to participate in the HDRI.
Will HDRI documents (e.g., presentations, reading materials) be available online during the course?
Presentations and other materials may be distributed to accepted scholars.
Is there a cost for the HDRI?
There are no tuition or registration fees for participating in the HDRI.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation, room and board.
Limited travel scholarships may be available to help offset travel-related expenses. Applicants selected to attend the HDRI will receive additional information on travel scholarships (no separate application process required).
Will CMEs/CEUs be offered?
No. CMEs/CEUs will not be offered.
Are there any auditing opportunities?
Auditing is not allowed.
Page updated July 27, 2023