University of Southern California



Slots:                                                     One                      
Nomination per School:               One
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           October 7, 2013
External Deadline:                          November 1, 2013
Award Information:                        Type:  New, Renewal, Resubmission
Estimated Number of Awards:  The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $250,000 direct costs, per year. The scope of the proposed budget should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt).
CV– (4 pages maximum)

Link to Award:

Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose to enhance the pool of master’s degree students from underrepresented backgrounds who are trained and available to participate in NIH-funded research. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree with institutions that offer the doctorate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of doctorate degree-granting and master’s degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Goals and Objective: The long-term goal of the Bridges to the Doctorate Program is to enhance the pool of students from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields.

The short-term goal of the program is to increase the number of students who transition from a terminal master’s degree-granting institution to a doctorate degree-granting institution, with subsequent career advancement in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The specific objective of this program is to develop and implement an integrated plan of individual and institutional activities that will increase students’ preparation and skills as they advance academically in the pursuit of the doctorate degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Retrospective analysis of the Bridges to Doctorate Program showed that at least 60% of Bridges-supported students, upon or before graduation from the master’s degree program, transfer to doctorate degree programs, and 60% of transferring Bridges students successfully complete their doctorate degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIGMS anticipates that Bridges grantees will improve on these outcomes and that institutional rates of transfer and degree completion of all students will also improve over baseline.



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