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Thank you for participating in the Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition (NIH DEIA Prize Competition).

We recommend reading all requirements for this application (entry) before you begin and encourage you to review the rules, prize announcement, and the scoring criteria that will be used to assess all valid submissions.  

  • Entries must be submitted in English.  
  • Format any references according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style.  
  • Participants must not use the HHS logo or official seal or the logo of NIH in the entries and must not claim federal government endorsement.

Entries that fail to include any of the requested sections and information may be excluded from consideration at NIH’s discretion. Any material that exceeds stated page limits will not be reviewed and judged at NIH’s discretion.

Your entire submission will be shared with Judging Panel members and the NIH DEIA Prize Competition Team during the evaluation process. Portions of your submission may be published online and may be shared with the general public to promote your solution or to highlight results. Those portions may include, but are not limited to, Lead Organization and Executive Summary.

The application saves automatically and the status of your application is available to view on your dashboard (you will not receive any automated emails). Prior to submission, confirm the information provided on the Registration Form is correct. Be sure to review your application as it will appear after it’s been submitted (link at bottom of page). When you have completed all requirements, a message will display on the screen with the option to submit your application. Once you have submitted the application, you will no longer be able to make changes. 

You must submit your entry no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Participants who do not submit their complete entry by the deadline will not have their entry considered for this prize competition. Email us with questions or technical issues.


Each submission for this prize competition must include an up to 10-page written submission. The written submission must be prepared following the format and instructions described below. 

Written Submission

The written entry must:

  • consist of a PDF file with at least 1-inch margins.  
  • be no more than ten (10) pages long (excluding the references). 
  • use font no smaller than 11-point Arial. 
  • be written in English. 
  • format any references according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style. 
  • not use the HHS logo or official seal or the logo of NIH in the entries and must not claim federal government endorsement. 

The written entry should describe under the headings below the entity’s overall and integrated approach to inclusive excellence and the resultant enhancements in DEIA:

  1. Executive Summary. Provide a one-page summary of the interventions and associated outcomes that, for prize winners, may be disseminated on the NIH website for this prize competition. For partnership entries, provide a summary of the partnership.
  2. State of diversity prior to the implementation of the interventions. This must include, as applicable: a) Aggregate institutional data on biomedical and behavioral science faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars of the institution (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, disability status, faculty rank, tenure status (non-tenure eligible, tenure eligible, tenured), metrics of job satisfaction, startup packages, faculty-student ratios, teaching evaluations, metrics of student satisfaction, advancement of students and postdoctoral scholars to the next stages of their career, representation of students and postdocs in leadership roles and other educational, career growth and employment opportunities, and any other relevant data); b) Detailed overview of past challenges to achieving diversity prior to initiation of the intervention(s). For partnership entries, provide information on all institutions in parts a) and b). 
  3. Intervention. Describe the specific strategies that the institution utilized to impact diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This should include a description of the ideation process to design and select specific intervention(s), including if faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and/or students were involved and how; the environment in which the intervention was implemented; the resources and staff (including staff type) needed to implement the intervention(s); and, any iterative improvements made throughout the process, including how feedback was collected and integrated. This should also include a description of how your efforts in DEIA have enabled individuals from diverse backgrounds to succeed in making contributions to the NIH mission. For partnership entries, describe the roles, responsibilities, and contributions of each institution and measures taken to ensure equity between partners. 
  4. Outcomes. Describe the outcomes resulting from the intervention. Outcomes and causal link to intervention(s) should be described with both qualitative and quantitative evidence. Data should mirror metrics mentioned in item (2) above. Include additional reports and data sources that reviewers can use to affirm impact of the intervention(s) on the culture of the entity and the success and well-being of its faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students. Weblinks to any reports can be included in the text of the submission or as part of the references.  These could include feedback from current and/or former faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students who have participated in or have been impacted by the intervention. For partnership entries, describe outcomes at each institution and provide evidence of an integrated community between the partnering institutions. Report on any dissemination efforts, within and/or external to the institution. If applicable/known, include information about uptake by other institution(s).
  5. Innovation. Describe the innovative and unique features of your approach. Disclaimer: Undergraduate/AREA-eligible Institutions who do not have postdoctoral scholars are not expected to submit information that demonstrates effective interventions, outcomes, and innovation in addressing DEIA at the postdoctoral level.
  6. Commitment letter. Institutions must include a letter from the provost, or similar official with institution-wide responsibility, providing information on ongoing and future commitment to promote and sustain inclusive excellence and enhance diversity at the institution, with a focus on the biomedical and behavioral science schools, departments, centers, divisions, and research community. Additionally, for LRI entries, the commitment letter must include a statement verifying the eligibility of the institution at the time of prize competition entry, based on the definition provided above. For partnership entries, all institutions must provide a commitment letter.
  7. Partnership plan, if applicable. For partnership entries:
  • Provide evidence that the partnership is equitable.
  • Provide evidence that the outcomes in the entry are equitably reflected at both institutions.  
  • Describe how recognition and resources have been shared between the institutions. 
  • Provide evidence that an integrated community has developed across the institutions and describe resulting benefits to students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.  
  • If awarded, describe how the prize would be allocated between institutions.  

PDF must have at least 1-inch margins, use font no smaller than 11-point Arial, and cannot exceed 10MB and a total of ten pages. Pages beyond the ten-page limit and any unrelated content will render the application ineligible. 


Provide additional information about the Lead Organization and any partners.

Unique Entity Identifier

Provide the 12-character Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) for the Lead Organization and each partner organization.

Institutional Profile File Number

Provide the unique NIH eRA Institutional Profile File (IPF) number for the Lead Organization and each partner organization.

Limited Resource Institution

For an institution to be eligible to compete as an LRI, all components of the institution must be R15 eligible. For institutions with multiple campuses (e.g., main, satellite, etc.), LRI eligibility can be considered for an individual campus only if a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a unique NIH eRA Institutional Profile File (IPF) number are established for the individual campus. For institutions that use one UEI or NIH IPF number for multiple campuses, LRI eligibility is determined for the campuses together. For a partnership to be eligible to compete as an LRI, all partners must be eligible to compete as LRI. Indicate if the Lead Organization and partners meet these requirements and are competing as an LRI.

Note: If you are applying as an LRI and select yes below, the commitment letter you submit as part of your entry (see 6. Commitment Letter above) from the provost, or similar official with institution-wide responsibility must include a statement verifying the eligibility of the LRI at the time of prize competition entry, based on the R15 definition.

  • Yes
  • No


Format any references according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Upload a single PDF that does not exceed 10MB and a total of five pages. The PDF should not be used to circumvent page counts in this application.

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