NIGMS has reissued its funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Research on Interventions that Promote the Careers of Individuals in the Biomedical Research Enterprise (R01) (PAR-21-269). In line with a key mission area of the Institute—ensuring the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise—the FOA encourages studies on interventions aimed to enhance research-oriented individuals’ interest, motivation, persistence, and preparedness for careers in the biomedical research workforce. Potential intervention focus areas include, but are not limited to, networking and mentoring, institutional climate, harassment, and structural racism and discrimination.
The new FOA no longer includes research designed solely to inform interventions; applicants must also conduct and test an intervention. Proposals must test the effectiveness of an intervention using robust experimental designs, such as randomized control trial approaches, case controls, matched pair design, or other designs appropriate to perform rigorous research on effective interventions aiming to increase success in the biomedical research workforce.
For research that’s designed solely to inform interventions and advance the scientific basis of innovation policy in the biomedical sciences, the Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO) is a program that may serve as an alternative to the Research on Interventions FOA.
The earliest application due date for the new FOA is October 13, 2021, and the earliest start date is July 2022.
If you’re preparing an application for this program, please join our informational webinar:
Tuesday, July 20, 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
During the webinar, we’ll provide a program overview and note important changes made to the FOA, including the requirement of a plan for enhancing diverse perspectives. We’ll also discuss information on related programs (e.g., SCISIPBIO), share our expectations for successful applications, and provide an overview of the budget and review process. You can send questions before the webinar to Sydella Blatch or Shakira Nelson, or post them in the chat box during the event.
Advance registration is not required to attend. Participants requiring sign language interpretation and/or other reasonable accommodations should email us through our contact form or call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 at least 3 days prior to the event.
NIGMS Staff Participating in the July 20 Webinar:
- Sydella Blatch, Program Officer
- Shakira Nelson, Program Officer
- Stephanie Constant, Chief, Scientific Review Branch
- Justin Rosenzweig, Grants Management Specialist
We look forward to talking with you about this program.