Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The goal of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused higher degree programs in biomedical fields. This program is limited to applications from training programs at baccalaureate degree-granting research-intensive institutions (i.e., those with an average of NIH Research Project Grant funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years).

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed trainees to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Deadlines:

  • Duke Internal: Jan. 6, 2020
  • Application Due Date(s): May 21, 2019; May 21, 2020; May 21, 2021

PAR-19-219 Expiration Date May 22, 2021

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email fundopps@duke.edu to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

For diversity enhancing programs, NIGMS recognizes separate institutional eligibility tracks: research-intensive, i.e., those with an average of NIH research project grant (RPG) funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years; and research-active, i.e., those with an average of RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORT). For example, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 for applications submitted in May 2019.

Institutional eligibility for this FOA is limited to baccalaureate degree-granting research-intensive institutions as defined above. Research-active institutions are not eligible to apply for or receive MARC grants.  To prevent the duplication of NIGMS diversity enhancing programs, each institution is eligible for one undergraduate program (either MARC or U-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T34), and one graduate program (either IMSD or G-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T32). Institutions with NIGMS MARC, U-RISE, IMSD, or G-RISE funding are eligible for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and/or Bridges to the Doctorate programs. Applicants are encouraged to consult NIGMS staff to discuss eligibility prior to submission.

A funded institution that changes category due to changes in research project grant funding during the grant cycle should apply to the appropriate program based on their eligibility at the time of renewal.  Programs that change category may report on the program’s outcomes of the prior funding period(s), up to 15 years in the Program Plan text.   

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program through an “Institutional Support Letter” within the “Letters of Support” attachment. Additionally, a signed letter is required from the Authorized Organization Representative/Business Official or similar official with institution-wide responsibility verifying the eligibility of the applicant institution at the time of application submission according to the eligibility criteria indicated above. See the application instructions for the required “Letters of Support” attachment in Section IV.2.

As described in the instructions for the Training Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) in Section IV.2 below, NIGMS encourages multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training. At least one of the training PDs/PIs should be an established investigator in the biomedical sciences and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.  Additional PD(s)/PI(s), including individuals with experience in the science of education, relevant social science disciplines, program evaluation, mentoring, and university administration may be included to achieve the training goals. The PD(s)/PI(s) must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution. Any of the PD(s)/PI(s) may serve as the contact PD/PI. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees to the approved research training program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD(s)/PI(s) have responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the program and are responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) and using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.     

    Funding Type

    Grant

    Eligibility

    Faculty
    Institutional

    Category

    Curriculum Development
    Medical
    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational

    Internal Nomination

    Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

    A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
    NIH Biosketch of project leader
    Draft of the following:
        Project Summary/Abstract – 30 lines of text
        Project Narrative – three sentences
        Specific Aims – 1 page

    Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

    Instructions for both creating an account (if you don't already have one) and submitting your materials can be found here: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal

    Internal Deadline

    January 6, 2020

    External Deadline

    May 21, 2020