The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
o Research Experiences: for undergraduate students to provide preparation for and hands on exposure to research, which must include, at a minimum, a summer bridge program, summer research experience and additional activities during the year.
o Mentoring Activities: dedicated to providing not only technical expertise, but advice, individual coaching, professional development, and career guidance to participants.
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.
Please note, this FOA supports creative educational activities with a primary focus on support for underrepresented undergraduate freshman and sophomores in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field, especially those fields which broadly impact bioengineering.
o Award budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project; and
o Funding requests may be for up to 5 years of support.
o Only one application per Institution is allowed.
o GT LOIs due - April 7, 2017
o GT Internal Pre Proposals due - April 14, 2017
o GT Institutional Selections issued - April 21, 2017
o Sponsor Deadline for LOIs - April 24, 2017
o Sponsor Deadline for Proposal Submission - May 31, 2017
GT Internal Competition Submission Process:
As this is a limited submission competition, we will conduct an internal selection competition. To be considered to represent the Institute, interested applicants must submit:
1) Letter of Intent due by April 7, 2017
§ To submit, please complete the LOI form at the link associated with this notification. (No actual, additional letter is required.)
§ You will receive system confirmation of acceptance into this competition.
§ You will receive an additional system notification when the LOI competition is converted to open the window for submission of GT Internal Preproposals.
2) GT Internal Preproposals due by April 14, 2017
§ After the LOI deadline, the LOI page will be converted to the GT Internal Competition. All applicants who have received an LOI acceptance, will receive a notification advising of the conversion and providing access to submit to the internal competition.
§ The GT Internal Preproposal, as detailed below, can then be uploaded.
The GT Internal Preproposal package must be uploaded to the internal competition system (gatech.infoready4.com), as a single .pdf format file, including:
1) Research Program Plan Overivew (2 page max), providing a brief description of:
- Proposed Research Education Program
- Proposed PI/Team composition, relevant experience
- Program Participants
- Participant Recruitment Plans
2) Budget (not included in page count above), high-level reflecting:
- Personnel Costs
- Participant Support (student estimate x support)
- Other Anticipated Program-Related Expenses
GT Internal Competition Selection Criteria:
All submissions will be evaluated by a GT internal selection committee using the following criteria:
- Strong Research Education Plan, which complements, but is distinct from, ongoing GT offerings in support of developing underrepresented freshman and sophomore STEM student, in areas broadly impacting bioengineering.
- Research Education Plan, which includes:
- Summer Bridge Program
- Academic Year Activities
- Summer Research Experience
- Linkages to Advanced Honors Programs
- Diverse PI/Team, with requisite experience to successfully implement proposed plan.
- Plan for identifying and recruiting students, strong students within the intended populations, who are likely to engage with and progress through the proposed program and beyond.
- Realistic budget to deliver program as outlined.
o All questions regarding this competition should be directed to Susan Roche at 404-894-8022 or email@example.com.