Internal Deadline: Contact RII.
External Deadline: January 25, 2024
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Award Amount: Applications may request up to $150,000 in direct costs per year and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Budget categories should not include inflationary escalation for recurring costs in outyears.
Who May Serve as PI: The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of medical student and post graduate education. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The individual should be able to demonstrate subject matter expertise in applying genomics in research and patient care.
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-312.html
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here: RII Limited Submission Applicant Template
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (1” margins; single-spaced; standard font type, e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The overarching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.
The goal of this NHGRI R25 program is to support curriculum development that complements and/or enhances the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs with a special emphasis on genomics for medical students.
The 2019 NHGRI Training Task Force Report cites a growing need for tailored curriculum development for physicians in genomic medicine. Developing genomic competencies for physicians, who are not specializing in genetics, is a critical need since genomics is becoming an increasingly important part of patient care. The shortage of genetic specialists in health care is well documented. The NHGRI Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative Report supports the expanding need for genomic literacy training to medical and other professional school education.
Education in genetics and genomics can also help clinical guideline developers provide evidence-based genetic/genomic interpretation to properly use genomic information for patient health care decision-making Training of medical students will also provide opportunities for these individuals to train others in the health care field.
Genomics currently impacts and will continue to impact all fields of medicine. This FOA is intended to develop curricula for a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. Specifically, this curricula are intended to provide medical students a better understanding of how genomics, genomic medicine, and genomic informatics can be applied in the clinic or be used as a foundation for pursuing genomics research.
Curriculum Development: This NHGRI R25 program supports the development of curricula for Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in genomics, genomic medicine and/or genomic informatics for medical students. The curricula should be freely available, at no cost to the broader community, to enhance training of medical students to enter the genomics workforce. The programs must be self-sustaining at the end of the award period. Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:
- This FOA will support U.S. domestic medical or osteopathic schools to develop an M.S. curriculum for educating medical students (M.D. or D.O.) in genomics. This is expected to enhance the knowledge and ability to educate future physicians to apply genomics to their research and patient care.
- A specific plan must be provided to disseminate nationally the curricular materials or methods developed, e.g., sharing course curricula and related materials via web postings, presentations at scientific meetings, and/or workshops. In particular, a clear description must be provided of how the curricular content or methods developed will be widely deliverable and readily adaptable by other organizations.
Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.
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