University of Southern California


PAR-13-290 — NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)

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:                           April 14, 2014 [updated 3/14/2014]
External Deadline:                          September 24, 2014
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 not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is five 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)

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Purpose: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from research-intensive institutions (RIIs) The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and through mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution

Goals and Objectives

The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) strengthen and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RIIs and partner institutions.

The specific objectives of this initiative are to:

•Develop the research, teaching, and other skills of postdoctoral scholars that are needed to conduct high quality research and pursue an independent research and teaching career in an academic environment;
•Foster the development of research-oriented science curriculum at partner institutions; and
•Promote links between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in faculty research and student training.

K12 Awards: Research Career Programs — Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA) For support to a newly trained clinician appointed by an institution for development of independent research skills and experience in a fundamental science within the framework of an interdisciplinary research and development program.

This FOA does not require cost sharing

Eligible Organizations
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. An IRACDA program involves a consortium of multiple institutions. The lead applicant institution must be an RII, and it must serve as the primary site of the postdoctoral research experience. Partner Institutions The consortium must include one or more partners that are institutions which, for the purposes of this FOA, are defined as public or private nonprofit universities, two-year or four-year colleges or universities, offering associate and/or baccalaureate degrees with a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF, see i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities.

IRACDA Participating Institutions: Tagline (Optional)
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University of Alabama at Birmingham;  University of Arizona, Tucson;  Stanford University; University of California, San Diego; University of California, San Francisco;  Emory University School of Medicine; Northwestern University;  University of Kansas, Lawrence; Tufts University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; University of New Mexico;  Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University;  Stony Brook University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Wake Forest University Health Sciences; University of Pennsylvania; Baylor College of Medicine; University of Texas at Austin; Virginia Commonwealth University.