NIH collects demographic information including sex, ethnicity, race, and disability status from researchers as part of their eRA personal profile. Providing demographic information is voluntary and an option exists to select “Do not wish to provide” for each category.
The demographic data collected are confidential and used for aggregate statistical reporting only, not for consideration of funding of individual grant applications. Collecting demographic data as part of the eRA personal profile provides information for NIH to better understand its supported research workforce and program participation.
For more, please visit the following resources:
- Collection of Personal Demographic Data
- NOT-OD-15-089 for Definitions for the race and ethnicity categories
- New FAQs on what demographic information NIH collects, why, and where it may be reported