The Research on Interventions program supports research that tests assumptions and hypotheses regarding social and behavioral factors that might inform and guide potential interventions intended to increase interest, motivation and preparedness for careers in biomedical research, with a particular interest in those interventions specifically designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering careers in these fields. The proposed research need not be restricted to students from underrepresented groups. Comparative research that analyzes the experience of all groups in order to place that of underrepresented students in context and to learn whether and how interventions should be tailored to make more underrepresented students successful in biomedical careers may well be particularly illuminating and is, therefore, encouraged. This funding opportunity is not designed to support evaluation of (an) existing programs; the purpose is to stimulate research on the underlying assumptions or hypotheses upon which they are built.
The total requested project period for these awards may not exceed 4 years. Although the size of award will vary with the scope of the research proposed, it is anticipated that the amount of individual awards will range between $150,000 to $250,000 (direct costs) per year. Awards are renewable.
The letter of intent receipt date for this FOA is September 18, 2013, and the application due date is October 18, 2013. For additional information about the Research on Interventions program, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, June 25, 2013 (RFA-GM-14-013), or call Dr. Mercedes Rubio at 301-594-3900.
Note: NIH also funds research in the interventions field through other mechanisms, including the NIH Director's Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-10-013.html), and S.T.E.M. Education Challenge grants (http://commonfund.nih.gov/arra/stem). The Pathfinder award (DP4) encourages exceptionally creative individual scientists to develop highly innovative and possibly transforming approaches for promoting diversity within the biomedical research workforce. The Challenge grants (RC1) support research in the area of development and testing of novel interventions (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/Pages/ChallengeAreas.aspx) based on recent, theoretically-grounded research from the behavioral and social sciences that will enhance the development of creative research scientists from underrepresented groups.
Research on Interventions (R01) Awardees