UPDATE: The slides [PDF, 350KB] from the SPAD Webinar have been posted.
We’ve just released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting applications for the Diversity Program Consortium’s Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) Program (UC2).
A primary goal of the program is to enhance faculty and student participation in biomedical research and research training programs. These programs include undergraduate research programs, Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15), and Support of Competitive Research (SC1, SC2, SC3), among others. Funded institutions are expected to develop offices that provide services such as professional development in targeted areas (e.g., enhancing grant-writing skills), pre- and post-award services, and certification-guided training of sponsored program staff and leadership.
Applicant institutions are limited to domestic associate and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities that 1) received NIH research project grant funding averaging less than $7.5 million total costs per year over the past 3 fiscal years, and 2) have at least 25% of undergraduate students supported by Pell grants. Health professional schools are not eligible to apply to this FOA.
We intend to fund up to 10 awards per year. Application budgets are limited to $200,000 direct costs per year, and the total project period may not exceed 3 years.