PAR-17-312: NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date.
External Deadline: September 25, 2017, 5pm PDT
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Amount: Maximum of $250,000 direct cost per year for a maximum project period of 5 years.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-312.html
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 proposed PD/PI should hold a basic or health professional degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent), and have clearly demonstrated training/mentoring credentials. The PD/PI must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution and should have research, teaching, and/or academic administrative experience.
This NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) is a flexible and specialized program designed to foster the development of neuroscience researchers from underrepresented backgrounds across career stages. Thus, it encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose innovative mentoring and professional development activities in the mission area(s) of the NINDS.
Investigators with creative, innovative ideas for new programs are encouraged to discuss these with NINDS program officials. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
- Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a neuroscience research area relevant to the NINDS mission, or specialized research techniques to enhance the research skills of diverse graduate students, postdoctorates, and junior faculty. Additionally, career development seminars and workshops such as grant writing, manuscript preparation, enhancing laboratory management for early stage faculty, building a succesful career path and other core competencies–like experimental rigor and quantitative skills, as recommended in Developing a 21st Century Neuroscience Workforce–are highly encouraged.
- Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on authentic research experiences that reflect ownership of a project and provides opportunity for meaningful contribution to the research in question, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in the neuroscience biomedical workforce; for graduate students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates and junior faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base.
- Mentoring Activities: Within the context of a mentoring network, activities may include, but are not limited to, dedicated efforts at providing not only technical expertise, but advice, insight, and professional career skills that advance the broad career goals of diverse college students, graduate students, postdoctorates and/or early-career faculty; facilitating scholarly writing and grantsmanship; promoting successful transitions from one career stage to another; providing leadership development; helping to identify potential collaborators; and helping to establish interdisciplinary collaborations in order to foster a career trajectory towards independent neuroscience research.
- Although the NINDS Diversity R25s are not typical research instruments, applicants should develop education programs and interventions that can be evaluated in order to determine their effectiveness. A plan must be provided for program evaluation (see Section IV, Evaluation Plan). For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well (see Section IV, Dissemination Plan). NINDS recognizes the heterogeneity of institutional/organizational settings and missions; therefore the scope, purpose and objectives of NINDS Diversity R25 applications are anticipated to be very diverse.
Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.