DrugMonkey answers questions that a blogger posted regarding underrepresented faculty and the NIH's policies on increasing funding for them. He says that underrepresentation of many ethnic minorities goes all up and down the academic ranks, not just at the PI level and suggests minorities check out the NIH program called Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Basically, "if you hold one of the many research grant types and have a minority candidate in mind, you can get additional monies by asking," he says. Still, NIH isn't doing enough. "Monetary support is always helpful, make no mistake. But if the NIH wanted to get serious about this, there are better ways."