Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

PREP awards encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant area of study to pursue a research-focused doctoral degree (for examples of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences see the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity). PREP participants receive support to work as apprentice scientists in a mentor’s laboratory and participate in courses for skills development. This program is expected to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit of rigorous, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields.

Grants are made to research-intensive institutions (i.e., those with NIH research project grant (RPG) funding averaging greater than or equal to $7.5 million in total costs per year over the last three fiscal years) to support research experiences and courses for skills development to biomedically-oriented postbaccalaureates who upon completion of a one year program are likely to successfully enter and complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIGMS mission. It is also anticipated that PREP awards will help awardee institutions achieve greater diversity in their doctoral programs.

NIGMS encourages all applicants for PREP grants (new as well as renewal) to contact Dr. Kenneth Gibbs before submitting an application. For more information about PREP, please see the links below, and consult the PREP program announcement (PAR-20-066).

Information for Students or Recent Graduates

Information for Faculty Members

PREP Answers to Frequently Asked Questions ​