University of Southern California

Research

PAR-19-366: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                          October 11, 2019, noon PT

LOI:                                                        N/A

External Deadline:                          November 13, 2019

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: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Budgetary Requirements:           Postdoctoral scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the career level for which the planned program is intended. IRACDA scholars are expected to devote 9-person months (75% of full-time professional effort) to the mentored research and the remaining 3-person months (25% of full-time professional effort) to the mentored teaching and other mentored and/or didactic experiences, during their appointment on the K12 award.

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:

Link to Award:                                  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-366.html

Who May Serve as PI:                                    NIGMS encourages multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance the career development program. At least one of the PDs/PIs should be an established investigator in the biomedical sciences and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.  Additional PD(s)/PI(s), including individuals from the teaching-intensive institution, with experience in the science of education, relevant social science disciplines, program evaluation, mentoring, and university administration may be included to achieve the program goals. Any of the PDs/PIs may serve as the contact PD/PI. The contact PD/PI is expected to have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution unless extremely well-justified. If the status of the contact PD/PI changes after the award, the institution must obtain prior program approval. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for the selection and appointment of scholars to the approved career development program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The contact PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD(s)/PI(s) have responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the program and are responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) and using their recommendations to determine appropriate adjustments to the program. 

 

Purpose:

The Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program provides support for a mentored postdoctoral research experience at a research-intensive institution combined with an opportunity to develop critical teaching and mentoring skills at a teaching-intensive partner institution with a diverse student population.  Accordingly, the IRACDA program requires effective partnerships between a research-intensive institution and a teaching-intensive partner institution that has a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.

The primary goal of the IRACDA program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent academic teaching and research careers.  An additional goal of the IRACDA program is to benefit the teaching-intensive partner institutions, e.g., by providing research-oriented, early career teachers, mentors, and role models for the students; enhancing science educational offerings; providing research opportunities for the faculty and students; and/or bringing expertise with state-of-the-art research methods and technologies.

 

The Overarching Objective of the IRACDA program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists, who have the technical (e.g., appropriate methods, technologies, and quantitative/computational approaches), operational (e.g., independent knowledge acquisition, rigorous experimental design, and interpretation of data) and professional (e.g. management, leadership, communication, and teamwork) skills necessary to conduct rigorous and reproducible research, and to transition successfully into independent academic careers in the biomedical research workforce. The IRACDA program provides support for a mentored postdoctoral research experience at a research-intensive institution combined with an opportunity at a teaching-intensive partner institution with a diverse student body to develop critical skills, including, but not limited to, the ability to:

    • Implement current evidence-based teaching, mentoring, and research training methods;
    • Teach scientific research methodologies and findings to individuals from diverse backgrounds;
    • Work well in teams with colleagues from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds;
    • Mentor students with sensitivity to cultural differences; and
    • Create inclusive, safe, and supportive teaching and learning environments.

An additional goal of the IRACDA program is to benefit the teaching-intensive partner institution(s). Examples of benefits include, but are not limited to, providing research-oriented, early career mentors and role models for the students, enhancing science educational offerings, providing research opportunities for the faculty and students, and bringing expertise with cutting edge research methods and technologies to the institution.

 

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