Slots: One per lead applicant. USC can only serve as the research-intensive partnership institution in this RFA, not the awardee/lead institution. There is no limit to the amount of applicants USC can serve as a partnership institution, but NIH is unlikely to award more than one involving USC.
Internal Deadline: September 10, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
External Deadline: December 1, 2021
Award Type: Grant
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: NHGRI intends to commit $1,000,000 in total costs per year in FY22, 23 and 24 to fund ~3 awards yearly.
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 research or clinical doctoral 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 be actively engaged in research and/or teaching in an area directly related to the mission of the NHGRI. 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.
The PD/PI should have experience in and a record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise as described in the NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity.
Process for Limited Submissions
Since there are no limitations to how many applications USC can serve as a research-intensive partner, we only ask that PIs interested in this call message firstname.lastname@example.org confirming that they will submit and the name of the host institution that is applying.
The over-arching goal of this NHGRI R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, such as those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce (NOT-OD-20-031) and sexual and gender minorities, to pursue further training and careers in the scientific, medical, ethical, social and/or legal areas of genomics research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
- Research Experiences: Activities should provide undergraduates with exposure to research in NHGRI mission areas, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science or social science degree, and prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or research careers that contribute to the field of genomics.
- Courses for Skills Development: Complementary didactic activities designed expressly for participants in this program arerequired, especially activitiesthat have the potential to increase opportunities for success at the next career level. The field of genomics is data driven. Special courses/seminars/workshops that introduce participants to fundamental knowledge in genomic data sciences, such as bioinformatics, machine learning, statistics, etc., are especially encouraged. Didactic activities that educate students on the impact of genomics on society are also expressly encouraged.
The proposed GREAT Program will provide support for MSIs or institutions in IDeA-eligible states to implement collaborative approaches to genomics research education for students from diverse backgrounds. Through this program, these institutions will establish partnerships with research-intensive institutions or organizations that have a prominent genomics research training environment. Collaborating institutions will work together to design and implement an education program that includes genomics research experiences primarily at the research-intensive institutions/organizations.
- A baccalaureate degree-granting Minority-Serving Institution or an Institution in an IDeA-eligible state to serve as the awardee institution. For specific eligibility requirements, see Section III. Eligibility Information. The Institution will have responsibility for the conduct and oversight of the award, along with the flexibility to determine the optimal configuration with its partner(s) to have the maximum impact.
- One or more partnerships supported by subaward with either a Higher Education Institution or Non-Profit/For-Profit Organization with a research-intensive genomics training environment as evidenced by a strong base of NIH or NHGRI extramurally-funded or privately-funded research in genomics.
Applicants will be expected to develop a genomics research education program where students will be supported for up to two years (part-time during the academic year and full-time in the summer) to conduct genomics research with participating faculty. The goal should be for each student to complete a full two-year research education program, where a significant portion of the research experience for each student takes place at the research-intensive institutions; however, research at the MSI or IDeA-eligible institutions is also encouraged if the research projects and environment are well aligned with NHGRI’s scientific mission.
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