Eligibility for CURIOUS Program

The overarching goal of this R25 program is to enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by providing research experiences and related opportunities to undergraduate and health professional students from nationally underrepresented backgrounds as defined in Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-18-129.  Eligible participants include:

  1. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 
  2. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  3. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: 
    Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size and are published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

    At the time this website was published the guidelines were:
    Annual income for household of 1 person: $12,490
    Add $4,420 for each additional person: e.g. household of 5 people: $30,170
    The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml

    Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.