University of Southern California


PAR-17-209: Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

Title:                                                     PAR-17-209, Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A       

External Deadline:                          September 25, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time

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: See above.

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:                    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.


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.

The goal of the Bridges to the Doctorate Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The short-term and intermediate-term goals of the program are to enhance the pool of students who transition from a master’s program to a doctorate program in the biomedical sciences. At the institutional level, the program expects that at least 60% of Bridges-supported students, upon or before graduation from the master’s degree program, transition to doctorate degree programs in the biomedical sciences, and at least 80% of transferring Bridges students successfully complete their doctorate degree in the biomedical sciences. NIGMS anticipates that Bridges grantees will improve upon these outcomes.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.