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Two NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements for Planning Grants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching a new Common Fund program: Increasing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce. This program will support novel and innovative approaches to improve recruitment and retention of individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science (referred to as “biomedical”) research. To achieve this goal, this program is intended to synergize with ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce, and successful approaches developed by this program will be broadly disseminated to have an impact at a national level.

The NIH announces two Funding Opportunity Announcements for Planning Grants, the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). These planning grants are intended to allow institutions to establish partnerships as necessary and to develop plans for highly innovative strategies that address the goals of each initiative.

NIH Building InfrastructureLeading to Diversity (BUILD):

Letter of Intent Due Date: April 10, 2013

Application Due Date: May 10, 2013

Earliest Start Date: September 2013

Budget: not to exceed $150,000 in direct costs

There will be a BUILD Planning Grant Informational Webinar on Wednesday, April 3 from 12:30pm-2:00pm EDT. For more information and to register, please visit here.

The webinar will be archived and available for viewing after the live broadcast here.

The BUILD initiative will establish and test new models for student recruitment and development within the biomedical sciences. BUILD awards are intended to transform the environment at the recipient institutions, enabling them to dramatically improve their ability to draw students into research career paths and to prepare them for success. These awards will allow institutions to develop their research infrastructure and foster the career development of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds at multiple career stages (from undergraduate students to faculty). The current Funding Opportunity will support six month Planning Grants (P20) to enable institutions to form partnerships and develop novel approaches to enhance diversity in biomedical research, positioning them to prepare applications for the multi-year BUILD implementation Funding Opportunity anticipated in 2014. Applicant institutions (Primary Institutions) must be baccalaureate-granting colleges/universities that receive less than $7.5 million (total costs) in NIH research project grant (RPG) (average of three preceding fiscal years) and have a pool of undergraduate students, at least 25% of whom are supported by Pell grants. Partnerships will be encouraged to provide the best environment for research training, and the Primary institution will determine the configuration of these partnerships. Partnerships can be between Primary Institutions and either: 1) Research Partner Institutions (research-intensive institutions), 2) Pipeline Partner Institutions (two- or four-year colleges), and/or 3) Graduate/Medical Partner Institutions (institutions without undergraduate students that receive less than $7.5 million in NIH RPG total costs per year averaged over three preceding fiscal years). Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement for BUILD Planning Grants here.

NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN):

Letter of Intent Due Date: April 10, 2013

Application Due Date: May 10, 2013

Earliest Start Date: September 2013

Budget: not to exceed $130,000 in direct costs

There will be a NRMN Planning Grant Informational Webinar on Friday, April 5 from 12:30-2:00pm EDT. For more information and to register, please visit here.

The webinar will be archived and available for viewing after the live broadcast here.

The NRMN initiative is intended to facilitate the development of robust mentoring relationships by coordinating nationwide pairings of scientific leaders and early career scientists (undergraduate students through junior faculty members) who may benefit from additional mentoring, including but not limited to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. This initiative will also support development of novel tools and training activities to improve mentoring skills. NRMN is intended to synergize with BUILD, expanding the impact of BUILD by linking trainees to mentors across the country. Additionally, the NRMN network will extend beyond BUILD to incorporate mentees from existing programs that aim to recruit and retain scientists from diverse backgrounds, thus expanding and enhancing local efforts to reach mentees across the country. The current Funding Opportunity will support six month Planning Grants (P20) to prepare awardees to submit applications for the multi-year NRMN implementation Funding Opportunity anticipated in 2014. Planning grants are expected to include development of partnerships between relevant organizations, assessment of existing mentoring and training capacity of organizations within the proposed network, identification of new mentorship activities, development of strategies to adapt small-scale activities for use at a national scale, and identification of needed infrastructure to coordinate mentorship activities. Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement for NRMN here.

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