February 15 Feb 15
Wednesday Wed

Applying for NIH Diversity Supplements

12:00PM - 1:00PM

The NIH diversity supplement is an important tool for increasing and retaining diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Because the application format is not always clear and each NIH Institute/Center has their own requirements, faculty members and their mentees may feel daunted by and unsure of how to leverage this mechanism. Several layers of matching between supplement candidates and parent awards must also align in order to make the supplement a viable and meaningful experience. The goal of this session is to unravel the mystery of NIH diversity supplements through an informational presentation followed by a facilitated Q&A discussion with diversity supplement mentors and mentees.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the NIH diversity supplement mechanism and how it is unique from and complementary to other mechanisms, including the application components and eligibility requirements.
  • Learn proven strategies for increasing competitiveness, including considerations for matching mentors and mentees and developing the science and training components. 
  • Learn ways that diversity supplements can be leveraged by institutions to achieve diversity/inclusive excellence goals.


Dr. Juan Banda, PhD

Dr. Juan M. Banda is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a SAGE Center awardee at Georgia State University. His research combines machine learning, computer vision, and Natural Language Processing methods to generate insights from multi-modal large-scale data sources, such as structured and unstructured text from electronic health records and social media platforms, and to develop novel research tools. His laboratory collaborates across several medical disciplines, including aging, ethnogeriatrics, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, infectious diseases, drug safety, clinical decision making, and health communication. Dr. Banda has published over 90 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers. He is an active collaborator of the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics, and his work has been funded by Google, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veteran Affairs, NASA, and NSF.

Dr. Jessica Moon

Dr. Jessica Moon is the Executive Director of the Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center (NIA P30 RCMAR). She oversees all aspects of the Center, including program management, development of grant proposals to biomedical funders, oversight of the SAGE pilot project program, and cultivates strategic partnerships. Dr. Moon is deeply dedicated to supporting early career researchers through direct career mentoring and grant development support and has given several presentations and workshops to research universities and professional organizations. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (https://nordp.memberclicks.net/about) and serves on its Board of Directors.

Dr. VJ Periyakoil

Dr. VJ Periyakoil is a Professor of Medicine; Associate Dean of Research at Stanford University School of Medicine; Founding Director, Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center; Founding Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program & the Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Periyakoil serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and is the emerita Chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and has won many awards for her research work in cross-cultural issues. She is 2022 recipient of the David H. Solomon Award for Clinical Research and Leadership in Aging. Dr. Periyakoil has mentored over 100 junior faculty and trainees in the past twenty years. Most of her mentees are women and minorities, and her passion for mentoring and supporting investigators from underrepresented groups is a primary reason she founded the SAGE Center in 2018. Her work has been and is funded by grants from NIH, HRSA, foundations as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Angela Rogers

Dr. Angela Rogers, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Critical Care Research for Stanford’s Department of Medicine.  She is an expert in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Since 2015, she has been the Associate Director of the Stanford Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program, and serves on the executive committee of Stanford’s T32 in pulmonary biology. She led Stanford’s Critical Care Task Force in COVID-19. Her NIH-funded research program in acute respiratory failure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. She investigates blood biomarkers of these diseases, and is very active in teaching residents and fellows about critical care. She was recently elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Allergy, Immunology, and Inflammation Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.


Dr. Pablo Sanchez

Dr. Pablo Sanchez, MD is is a postdoctoral medical fellow at Stanford University. He earned a B.S. in Physiology and his M.D. from The University of Arizona College of Medicine, in Tucson, AZ. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and served as Chief Resident from 2018-2019. During residency, his research focused on clinical outcomes of the complex patient composition in the modern Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He completed a Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at Stanford and served as Chief Fellow from 2021-2022. He is interested in cardio-pulmonary interactions in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Under the tutelage of Dr. Angela Rogers (Pulmonary Medicine Division) and Dr. Euan Ashley (Cardiovascular Medicine Division), he plans to integrate immune-metabolic biomarker and echocardiographic profiling to identify cardiac dysfunction in ARDS. He currently receives funding from the National Institutes of Health through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA, F32) and the NIH Loan Repayment Award Program. He is pursuing additional fellowship training in critical care medicine.