NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Investigator Awards Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Research Investigator Awards Program was developed to recognize investigators who have made substantial and outstanding research contributions in areas related to SGM health. Each year, the SGMRO honors one distinguished investigator (selected internally by NIH staff) and two early-stage investigators (ESI) for their exemplary work and invites them to present a lecture at the annual SGM Research Investigator Awards. This year's ceremony will be hosted on September 15, 2022. Stay tuned for more information about the SGM Research Investigator Awards Program.

In the interim, we encourage the submission of potential nominees for the 2022 ESI awards.

Call for Nominations for the 2022 Early-stage Investigator Awards


The SGMRO recently published an NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-22-088) requesting nominations for the Early-Stage Investigators Awardees for the 2022 SGM Research Investigator Awards Program. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. at the local time of your institution. Please review NOT-OD-22-088 for full submission criteria or see below:


Eligibility Criteria
The following individuals are not eligible to be nominated: federal employees and interns/fellows; federal contractors; members of the NIH SGM Research Working Group; and previous NIH SGM Research Investigator Awardees.

Nomination packages may be submitted by the nominee or a nominee’s mentor or colleague. Before submitting the nomination, early-stage investigators should confirm ESI status is correctly marked in their eRA Commons ( profile. If the status is incorrect, please contact the NIH eRA Service Desk ( to resolve the issue before submitting a nomination. Nomination packages must be a single PDF file that includes:

  • CV and NIH Biosketch including a link (URL) to the nominee’s My Bibliography in PubMed

    • If you do not have a My Bibliography in PubMed, refer to these simple step-by-step instructions to save your citations in PubMed to a “My Bibliography.”

    • Use the URL that PubMed automatically generates when you change your “My Bibliography” sharing setting to public.

  • Letter of nomination (1,000 words or less) from a mentor or colleague familiar with the nominee’s work, addressing the nominee’s innovative contribution to the field of SGM health research, crosscutting and collaborative nature of that research, trajectory of career development, and leadership strengths. The strongest letters will demonstrate the lasting significance and impact of the nominee’s work to date.

  • Two letters of endorsement from other mentors or colleagues. Letters of endorsement may be less encompassing than the letter of nomination but should address similar themes.

  • A PDF of a key, peer-reviewed article published in the past 24-month period, which is first-authored by the nominee. If in press, please provide the accepted paper and the letter of acceptance from the journal.

Compile the above elements into a single PDF file, attach the PDF to an email, and send it to with the subject line header “2022 NIH SGM Research Investigator Award Nomination” no later than April 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.


Review and Selection Process

  • Stage 1: The SGMRO will assemble a review panel composed of NIH staff with relevant expertise. This panel will provide recommendations for the three awardees to the SGMRO Director and the DPCPSI Director.

  • Stage 2: The SGMRO and DPCPSI Directors will review the recommendations and select the final awardees.

    This page last reviewed on March 25, 2022