This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits a single five-year grant application from eligible institutions/organizations to serve as the Coordination Center (CC) for the Programs for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Summer Institutes (SIs).
Donor Name: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $350,000
Grant Duration: 5 years
This FOA runs in parallel with a separate FOA that solicits applications for the PRIDE SIs PRIDE SIs are designed to provide research education experiences that enable junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see NOT-OD-20-031) to further develop their research skills and knowledge to become competitive NIH grants applicants and scientists. The purpose of the CC is to provide programmatic support for the PRIDE program overall and to complement the activities of the SI programs.
The purpose of the CC is to provide programmatic support for the PRIDE program overall and to complement the activities of the SI programs as follows:
- Facilitate outreach, participant recruitment, candidate screening, and program-wide organization
- Support and assist with the identification and orientation of SI program mentors
- Support matriculants’ research education experiences through webinar and in-person learning activities
- Administrate and facilitate equitable distribution of research- related resources and opportunities
- Facilitate coordination of research education and evaluation activities among the SI awardees, enrolled participants, and the NHLBI
- Develop and facilitate orientation and other skill development activities for mentors
- Support mentoring of program participants by assisting the SIs with the formation of participants’ mentorship committees
- Conduct cross-site and cross-program evaluations, including use of data from previous PRIDE cohorts to document program accomplishments, trends and trajectories.
In addition, the CC also plans, arranges, and facilitates the program-wide PRIDE annual meetings, the monthly steering committee meetings, and other PD(s)/PI(s) meetings for the program overall as needed. To be competitive for review, applicants should provide strong evidence of expertise in program administration, program coordination and program evaluation.
Specific activities and roles of the PRIDE CC will include, but are not limited to:
Outreach and Recruitment
- Develop, coordinate, and support SI program outreach efforts to recruit and select participants.
- Facilitate mentorship and networking activities.
- Coordinate the identification, formation and evaluation of mentees’ mentorship committees.
- Develop, conduct and/or facilitate skills development and training programs for mentors.
- Identify, coordinate, administrate and disseminate information on additional research training and networking opportunities for mentees throughout the academic year. For example, applicants may suggest ways that linkages can be made with existing NHLBI programs of research, such as the Jackson Heart Study, Strong Heart Study, and TOPMED program or data resources such as BioLINCC, or may propose the use of elements from existing mentoring/networking programs (e.g., the Sarnoff fellowship program, or the National Research Mentoring Network) in order to increase applicants’ long-term opportunities for learning, networking and funding success.
- Propose a plan to work with the NHLBI program office to appoint an Advisory Committee consisting of 4-5 individuals from outside of the applicant’s institution to periodically advise the PRIDE program on issues such as outreach, recruitment and selection of mentees and faculty; curricular design and implementation; training and support of mentors; institutional engagement; and program evaluation.
- Coordinate and facilitate all conference calls, including monthly calls between SI directors/staff and NHLBI.
- Co-plan and distribute the agenda for the monthly calls between SI directors, staff, and the NHLBI program office.
- Develop, share, and post minutes of the conference calls and in-person meetings on the program website.
- Create web-based resources for SI faculty, mentees, and mentors, including a program-wide website addressing such areas as: NIH policies, procedures and application information and materials (e.g., application timelines and templates), web-based courses, and email and other web-based systems for group communication.
- Facilitate information exchange across the PRIDE Summer Institute sites and the NHLBI program office.
- Oversee the equitable use and distribution of research education resources across PRIDE Summer Institute sites.
Facilitate Recruitment of Mentors
- Facilitate and support SIs in the recruitment of research-focused mentors, including individuals from underrepresented groups. Each mentor should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed program and be committed to continue their involvement throughout the total period of their assigned mentees’ participation in their respective SI program.
Research Education Development Activities
- Support SIs and their mentees in implementing the small research projects (SRPs) component of the PRIDE program. The CC will not be eligible for the SRP administrative supplement; however, they may provide technical assistance to the SIs and mentees to support the preparation and submission of applications. Distribution of the SRP funds, and scientific oversight of the SRP program will reside solely with the SI programs. The CC will lead the evaluation of the overall SRP component of the program.
- Propose a plan to coordinate a unified and robust evaluation protocol across the entire PRIDE program including both accessing and assessing data from previous cohorts that are currently under evaluation. Each SI will propose an evaluation protocol and the CC will work to coordinate these protocols across the SIs to ensure common measures and reporting.
Applications must contain the following to be considered responsive to this FOA. Non-responsive applications will not proceed to review.
- Description of the appropriate type and number of the targeted beneficiaries defined in this FOA (specifically HLBS-oriented junior faculty and/or transitioning postdoctoral scientists) with intent to recruit nationally. (Transitioning postdoctoral scientists are those who would have completed their post-doctoral appointment and have received a formal full-time faculty appointment by the time the Summer Institute program to which they are recruited is convened.)
- Description of program-wide coordination of mentee and mentor recruitment, communications, and evaluation
Application budgets must not exceed direct costs of $350,000 per year.
The maximum project period is 5 years.
Higher Education Institutions
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Small Businesses
- For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
- Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
- Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Regional Organizations
- Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
- Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
- Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.