University of Southern California


PAR-13-333 NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)

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:                           July 21, 2014
External Deadline:                          September 25, 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 limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. The scope of the proposed project 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)

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Purpose: The mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is to conduct research and support research training to develop a highly skilled workforce. To compete successfully the United States needs a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce that is well educated and trained. Despite gains, there remain significant gaps in the educational and research opportunities for individuals from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences (see data at and the most recent report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). A recent report from an Advisory Committee to the NIH Director on Diversity of the Biomedical Research Workforce indicates that achieving diversity in the biomedical research workforce remains an important problem that must be actively addressed (see Increased diversity in the biomedical research workforce will:

Diversity in science matters: social scientists have long observed the ability of heterogeneous groups to derive a greater number of alternatives and perspectives that led to more complete and inventive solutions, which are critical for scientific innovation and problem solving ( 15534225).

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program provides an opportunity to develop new, or expand existing, effective institutional programs aimed at a key juncture within higher education, namely the transition from a two-year community college program to baccalaureate degree completion in biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIGMS anticipates that carefully planned interventions at this key point of the educational pathway will increase the supply of biomedical and behavioral science graduates, a necessary step in enhancing the diversity of the NIH-funded biomedial workforce.

Goals and Objective

The long-term goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is to enhance the pool of

community college students from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields. The short-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of students who transition from a two-year institution to a four-year institution, with subsequent baccalaureate degree completion. 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 baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

In recent years, at least 70% of Bridges-supported students, upon or before graduation from the associate degree program, transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in biomedical and behavioral sciences, and at least 50% of transferring Bridges students successfully completed their baccalaureate degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIGMS anticipates that Bridges grantees will improve on these outcomes. NIGMS also anticipates that institutional transfer rates and degree completion will improve over baseline.