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Student Diversity Research Awards (SDRA)



The NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (see link). In furtherance of this objective, the purpose of the KY INBRE SDRA grant program is to provide support to promising undergraduate students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research to engage in high-quality faculty-mentored biomedical research at their home institution. 

SPECIAL EXCEPTION: KY INBRE will allow investigators to apply for/hold a SDRA even if they have another award. 




Application Guidelines

Assemble your application in the order listed below using the NIH PHS 398 forms available here. NIH “Instructions for Grant Applications using PHS 398 should be followed unless other specific instructions are given below. Incomplete proposals will be returned without review.

Required components:

The research strategy should include the following 3 components:

Application Review Criteria

KY INBRE Program staff will review requests for Student Diversity Research Awards to determine their overall merit. The administrative review criteria described below will be considered in the review process: 


A letter of intent to apply with the anticipated title should be sent by the annually announced due date.

All proposal components should be saved as a single PDF and submitted via email by the posted due date.

Letters of intent and completed proposals should be sent via email to the KY INBRE Program Coordinator, Dr. Bruce Mattingly, email.


If any additional clarification is needed, please contact your institutional lead faculty (if applicable), the KY INBRE Program Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Mattingly, email or the KY INBRE Principal Investigator: Dr. Martha Bickford, email.

Page updated March 12, 2024