Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF.
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date.
External Deadline: September 26, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Award Amount: Application budgets are limited to a maximum of $250,000 direct cost per year, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.
Who May Serve as PI: The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.
The proposed PD/PI should hold a basic or health professional degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent), and have clearly demonstrated training/mentoring credentials. The PD/PI must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e. not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution and should have research, teaching, and/or academic administrative experience. Early stage investigators are eligible to serve as PD/PIs, as long as doing so will not detract from their research program and career advancement.
If a scientific society is identified as the applicant organization, the advisory board of the given scientific society or organization should identify an affiliated member to serve as PD/PI and work with them to develop an application for support.
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-240.html
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
This NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) is a flexible and specialized program designed to foster the development of neuroscience researchers from diverse backgrounds, including from underrepresented groups across career stages. Thus, it encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose innovative mentoring and professional development activities in the mission area(s) of the NINDS and/orNIMH. This Neuroscience Diversity R25 initiative will focus on factors that have been shown to affect retention of underrepresented graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty in neuroscience research such as mentoring, scientific networks, professional development, and attention to the structural and institutional environment regarding inclusion (http://acd.od.nih.gov/dbr.htm; Structure and Belonging: Pathways to Success for Underrepresented Minority and Women Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields; The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM).
The NIH expects applicant institutions to propose programs that will lead to an improvement in the professional development, mentoring and technical expertise of individuals who are individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are nationally underrepresented in neuroscience research..
Programs that target transitions and/or more than one career stage for neuroscience career advancement and progression are strongly encouraged. This initiative will support the development of collaborative research education partnerships that will increase participants’ awareness and interest in the neurosciences, develop participants’ scientific knowledge and research skills that will allow them to progress and transition to more advanced neuroscience-related research education and training activities. Proposed program interventions to enhance workforce diversity in response to this FOA should also focus on asset models and leadership opportunities, rather than solely deficit models and remediation ( from 2017 NINDS Activating a Neural Network; 2016 NINDS Forming a Neural Network Workshops ; and NAMHC Workgroup on Research Training Report).
Investigators with creative, innovative ideas for new programs are encouraged to discuss these with NINDS and NIMH program officials. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
- Mentoring Activities: Within the context of a mentoring network, activities may include, but are not limited to, dedicated efforts at providing not only technical expertise, but advice, insight, and professional career skills that advance the broad career goals of diverse college students, graduate students, postdoctorates and/or early-career faculty; facilitating scholarly writing and grantsmanship; promoting successful transitions from one career stage to another; providing leadership development; helping to identify potential collaborators; and helping to establish interdisciplinary collaborations in order to foster a career trajectory towards independent neuroscience research.Additionally, the NIH realizes that quality mentorship is critical to the recruitment and retention of scientists from underrepresented groups. Therefore, this FOA welcomes programs aimed at improving the caliber of mentorship. For example, workshops to educate mentors on establishing and sustaining effective research mentoring relationships (e.g. summer course or a workshop accompanying a neuroscience-related scientific meeting in which case-based scenarios may be used to educate mentors on various relevant ethical, professional and cultural issues facing students today for example, effective communication and mentoring compacts, or addressing cultural awareness, among others). Also, the program intends to support innovative mentoring network programs within neuroscience-focused scientific and/or professional societies and organizations. Mentors from all demographic backgrounds should be encouraged to participate in the proposed program.
- Research Experiences: Provide hands-on authentic research experiences that reflect intellectual contribution to the project and for graduate students to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates and junior faculty to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base. In addition to hands-on research experiences, programs are expected to include complementary activities that support the participants’ scientific development, such as scientific writing and presentation skills, and training in rigor and reproducibility. The nature of research experiences should be tailored to the needs and career levels of participants. It is expected that mentoring will be provided in conjunction with planned research experiences and participants will design individualized development plans (IDPs) that are compatible with their needs and experience. Additionally, programs that provide educational/research experiences that enhance the participation and productivity of investigators from diverse backgrounds, including from underrepresented groups, in carrying out research on NINDS and/or NIMH mission-relevant health disparitieswill be considered.
- Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a neuroscience research area relevant to either or both NIMH/NINDS missions, or specialized research techniques to enhance the research skills of diverse graduate students, postdoctorates, and junior faculty. Additionally, career development seminars and workshops such as grant writing, manuscript preparation, enhancing laboratory management for early stage faculty, building a successful career path and other core competencies–like experimental rigor and quantitative skills, as recommended in Developing a 21st Century Neuroscience Workforce–are highly encouraged. Activities should fulfill a gap in existing resources and provide a course that is significant and impactful for the neuroscience research community.
Although this Diversity R25 is not a typical research instrument, applicants should develop education programs and activities that can be amenable to formal program evaluation to determine their effectiveness. A specific plan must be provided for program evaluation (see Section IV, Evaluation Plan). For some types of projects, a plan for disseminating results may also be appropriate and may be required as well (see Section IV, Dissemination Plan). NIH recognizes the heterogeneity of institutional/organizational settings and missions; therefore, the scope, purpose, and objectives of Diversity R25 applications are anticipated to be very diverse.
Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.
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