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.

Students or recent graduates interested in participating in PREP should follow the Information for Students or Recent Graduates link for more information. NIGMS staff are not involved in PREP program admissions - your questions are likely best answered by Program Directors at PREP Institutions​ across the country. 

NIGMS encourages all institutions interested in applying for PREP grants (new or renewal) to have prospective PIs contact Dr. Anissa Brown or Dr. Laurie Stepanek​​ before submitting an application. Consult the PREP program announcement (PAR-20-066), see additional Information for Potential Principal Investigators, and PREP Answers to Frequently Asked Questions