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Supplemental and Diversity Funding

Requests for supplemental and diversity funding to an existing project are processed as proposals through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Although you may have a conversation with your program officer, all requests must be routed through OSP. 

Supplemental Administrative Funding

Administrative supplements are funds awarded above study section-recommended levels or outside the fiscal year funding policies. Administrative supplements generally pay only for items resulting from events unforeseen when the competing application was submitted.

Diversity Funding

Diversity funding opportunities are designed to develop research careers and improve participation for individuals from groups with low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. 


You will need to provide the following internal items:

  1. Paper Proposal Review Form (assure to note current award number);
  2. Full budget and justification for requested additional funds;
  3. Statement of Work (SOW) for the additional effort; and
  4. Updated certifications for all compliance issues, as necessary.
  5. Optional: While an introduction to the diversity or supplemental funds request is not specifically required, there are many benefits to describing the nature of the request. This information can be contained at the beginning of the SOW noted above in number 3.

Supplemental and diversity funding requests to NIH are processed in one of three ways:

  1. Electronically through Commons (preferred)   Administrative supplement user guide
  2. Electronically through InfoEd must have Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
  3. Paper submission (rarely used)

Instructions vary by Sponsoring Agency and FOA, be sure to review the application submission requirements section of your FOA to confirm you are preparing a complete request and work closely with your assigned preaward administrator throughout the process. Participating Institutes and Activity codes that are eligible for a diversity supplement should be closely reviewed.