University of Southern California


PAR-16-109: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

Slots:                                                   One                 
LOI:                                                   N/A    
Internal Deadline:                         June 24, 2016, 5pm
External Deadline:                       September 25, 2016, 5pm
Award Information:                       

Type: Grant
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: $14,000,000 total, to be split between awardees.

Cost Sharing:                                 This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Submission Process:                    PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  

This FOA requires a multiple PD/PI application (See Sections III.1 and IV.2).

Additional Information:

The master’s degree-granting institutions in the Bridges to the Doctorate Program must offer a terminal master’s degree with a strong focus on biomedical and behavioral sciences as their highest degree and have a large pool, as determined by the applicant institution, of master’s degree-seeking students from underrepresented groups to be eligible to apply as an applicant institution.


The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  1. Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, or specialized research techniques.
  2. Research Experiences: For example, for graduate and medical, dental, nursing and other health professional students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates, medical residents and faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base.

Bridges student participants are those students who will receive support in the form of salaries/wages under this program. Student participants must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents, and be an individual from a background nationally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, specifically Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.