Dear Colleagues:

Please read and redistribute the Notice below as you feel appropriate.

Questions regarding this Notices should be directed to your Contract and Grant Officer.


Racial and Ethnic Categories and Definitions for NIH Diversity Programs and for Other Reporting Purposes

On January 12, 2015, NIH published an updated diversity statement describing NIH’s interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce.  See NOT-OD-15-053.  After publication, NIH received several inquiries about the definitions applicable to each of the racial and ethnic categories.  The purpose of this Notice is to identify the OMB Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, which provides guidance on such questions. See  It is expected that this Notice will provide useful definitions for individuals engaged in self-identification, for investigators and administrators collecting and reporting racial and ethnic data for program participation purposes (i.e., Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity).

Please refer to the Notice for additional information.

Nancy Lewis
Director, Sponsored Projects