New Graduate Training Programs Announced

In May, we shared with you our plans to reorganize the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. Toward that end, we are pleased to announce two new graduate funding opportunities aimed at developing and implementing effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring. The goal of these funding announcements is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce and to encourage applications from training programs that:

  • Focus on skills development (including an emphasis on quantitative and computational skills)
  • Promote rigor and reproducibility in research and teach the responsible and safe conduct of research
  • Create inclusive, safe, and supportive research training environments
  • Use evidence-based, innovative educational and mentoring practices
  • Employ cohort-building activities and interventions that enhance the trainees’ science identity and self-efficacy
  • Provide individualized mentoring and oversight throughout the trainees’ graduate careers
  • Introduce trainees to a variety of scientific research areas and career paths

The new programs are:

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)
PAR-19-037

Supports Ph.D. training programs at research-intensive institutions (i.e., those with a 3-year average of NIH research project grant funding equal to or above $7.5 million total costs; this information is available through NIH RePORTER)
First application deadline: February 22, 2019
Earliest start date: February 2020

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)
PAR-19-102

Supports Ph.D. training programs at research-active institutions (i.e., those with an average of NIH research project grant funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years; this information is available through NIH RePORTER)
First application receipt date: May 21, 2019
Earliest start date: May 2020

Because these are new funding announcements, all applications (including those from previously established programs) must be submitted as new. However, applicants who have previously held IMSD or RISE grants may describe in the narrative their program’s outcomes over the past 15 years.

If you have questions about our new graduate training programs, contact Sailaja Koduri (IMSD) or Luis Cubano (G-RISE). And stay tuned—we expect the new undergraduate funding programs to be announced early in calendar year 2019.

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