Internal Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023, 5pm PT
External Deadline: October 25, 2023
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 3
Anticipated Award Amount: $1.2 million
Who May Serve as PI:
Institutional eligibility for this FOA is limited to research-intensive institutions that have an average research base in DEM science of at least $3 million per year over the past three years in direct costs of peer-reviewed research projects. Institutions must have strong biomedical Ph.D. degree programs in DEM-related science and have research opportunities for students admitted to the program in DEM science.
The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.
Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for a research education grant provided that the proposed educational experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving federal support. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed research education program will complement ongoing research training occurring at the applicant institution.
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-22-037.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:
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, 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 goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.
To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
- Courses for Skills Development: For example, to provide advanced courses related to Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease (DEM) science, or research techniques, and/or courses or workshops to develop scholarly potential to prepare participants for graduate school admissions, successful completion of a research-focused doctoral degree, and careers in the biomedical research workforce.
- Research Experiences: For example, to provide hands-on exposure to DEM-related research, to prepare participants for graduate school admissions, successful completion of a research-focused doctoral degree, and careers in the biomedical research workforce.
This FOA will support the development of Postbaccalaureate Research Education Programs in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (PRIDE programs). These post-baccalaureate research programs will incorporate extensive research experiences and well-designed courses for skills development to prepare recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds to transition into and complete rigorous, research-focused biomedical doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). The long-term goal of post-baccalaureate participants admitted to the program should be pursuing a career focused on DEM-related research. Eligible applicants for the R25 must be research-intensive doctoral degree-granting institutions with a research base in DEM science of at least $3 million in direct costs of peer-reviewed research projects, and research opportunities for students admitted to the program must be in DEM science.
The PRIDE program will provide institutions with the resources to support and provide research experiences and courses for skills development to research-oriented postbaccalaureate participants from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups who, following the completion of the program, will apply to and complete a rigorous research-based doctoral degree program in a field directly related to DEM. Programs will implement evidence-informed approaches to biomedical research education and mentoring to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Each program supported by this FOA must provide 1) a dedicated DEM-related research experience for the post-baccalaureate participants; 2) mentoring for each participant; 3) skills development as needed, including additional coursework; and 4) meaningful inclusion and integration of participants into the awardee’s research community. The expectation is that the experience will provide the post-baccalaureate participants with technical and professional skills needed to successfully pursue a doctoral degree in DEM-related science while enhancing science identity, self-efficacy, and a sense of belonging among the cohort members in the biomedical research community. Funded programs are expected to promote inclusive research and academic environments at all levels (i.e., laboratory, department, institution, etc.) where researchers from all backgrounds are and feel integrated into and supported by the biomedical research community.
The program should allow post-baccalaureate participants to develop:
- a broad understanding of DEM science,
- the ability to think critically and independently,
- a strong foundation in scientific reasoning, hypothesis testing, rigorous research design, experimental methodology and data analysis/interpretation,
- an understanding and commitment to scientific integrity,
- the ability to work effectively in teams and promote inclusive and supportive research environments,
- communication skills, including presentation of results, and manuscript development, and
- an understanding of the requirements and opportunities for a scientific research career.
These achievements will culminate in (a successful) application to a doctoral degree program (Ph.D. or M.D., Ph.D.).
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.