University of Southern California


RFA-DK-20-034: Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

Slots:                                        1

Internal Deadline:                    Contact ORIF if interested.

LOI:                                          May 17, 2021

External Deadline:                     June 17, 2021

Award Type:                              Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards:    NIDDK and ODP intend to commit $1,600,000 in FY2022 and $2,600,000 in FY2023-2026 to fund up to 3 awards that will comprise the consortium for the program described in the FOA.

Anticipated Amount:                     See above.

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

Materials to submit include:

(1) 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.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.


Who May Serve as PI:                   The PD(s)/PI(s) should be an established investigator conducting research in nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions with recent peer-reviewed research publications and successful competition for research support in one or more of these topic areas who is capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for identification and recruitment of candidates into the program and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

Purpose:                                   The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance the diversity of the research workforce who are available to successfully compete for independent research funding from NIH in the areas of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions. This program will establish a consortium providing professional development, mentoring, networking, pilot and feasibility funds, and other opportunities designed to advance the career development of post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those from groupsnationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, who intend to pursue a research career focused on nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and/or related conditions. The program will be administered through research institutions with substantial existing NIH funding within the research mission of NIDDK.

Budgetary Requirements:           Application budgets are limited to $350,000 in Direct Costs in FY2022 and up to $575,000 in Direct Costs in FY2023-2026 exclusive of indirect costs on subcontracts.

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