Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into Genomic Fields to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  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 

 

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this NHGRI R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce, to pursue further training and careers in the scientific, medical, ethical, social and/or legal areas of genomics research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Research Experiences
  • Courses for Skills Development

This Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomic Field to Promote Diversity (GREAT) Program will support collaborative institutional partnerships that provide research education programs for undergraduates enrolled at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) or Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible institutions. A partnership will include a MSI or IDeA-eligible institution, and one or more research-intensive institutions or organizations with a suitable research base for graduate-level training in scientific areas of interest to NHGRI.

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Deadlines:

  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants from within Duke should contact dukeiln@duke.edu as early as possible.
  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): June 1, 2022; June 1, 2023

  • Application Due Date(s): July 1, 2022; July 1, 2023 

RFA-HG-22-004 Expiration Date July 02, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Participating components of the collaborative research education partnerships should include:

1) Only one lead/applicant institution that:

a) Awards undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) degrees in STEM fields; and

b) at the time of the application, has received no more than $7.5 million dollars per year (total costs) from NIH Research Project Grants (RPGs) in each of the preceding three fiscal years, calculated using NIH RePORTER; and one of the following:

c) has a historical and current mission to educate undergraduate students from any of the populations that have been identified as underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF; see http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd; i.e., African Americans or Blacks, Hispanic or Latino Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities), or

d) is from an IDeA-eligible state (see https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/DRCB/IDeA for a current list); and enrolls at least 40% of undergraduate students supported by Pell grants based on the most recent two years of data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics.

2) One or more research-intensive higher education, doctoral-degree institutions or non-profit/for-profit organizations to be supported by subaward(s). “Research-intensive” is defined as having an existing genomics or genomics-related program and a significant number of potential mentors with NIH R01 or equivalent extramural research support (institutions) or private funds (organizations). Also, institutions must receive more than $7.5 million dollars per year (total costs) from NIH Research Project Grants (RPGs) in each of the preceding three fiscal years, calculated using NIH RePORTER.

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.

The PD/PI should be knowledgeable 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 the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

The proposed PD/PI should hold a research or clinical doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent), and have clearly demonstrated training/mentoring credentials. The PD/PI must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution, and be actively engaged in research and/or teaching in an area directly related to the mission of the NHGRI. Early-stage investigators are eligible to serve as PD/PIs, as long as doing so will not detract from their research program and career advancement.

    Amount Description

    NHGRI intends to commit $1,000,000 in total costs per year in FY23 and FY24 to fund ~3 awards yearly. The actual number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

    An applicant may request direct costs of up to $350,000 per year. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research education program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size of each award will also vary.

    The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years.

      Funding Type

      Grant

      Eligibility

      Faculty
      Institutional

      Category

      Community Outreach and Engagement
      Curriculum Development
      Engineering and Physical Sciences
      Environmental & Life Sciences
      Medical
      Medical - Basic Science
      Medical - Clinical Science
      Medical - Translational

      External Deadline

      July 1, 2022