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Current Programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD)

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Dr. Alison Gammie, TWD Director

TWD programs foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division funds research training, career development and diversity-building activities through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and institutional levels.

UNDERGRADUATE AND PREDOCTORAL TRAINING BRANCH

Shiva P. Singh, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Bridges to the Baccalaureate (R25) | PAR-16-110; Mercedes Rubio​
The goal of this program is to promote the successful completion of baccalaureate degrees by students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. The strategy is to support comprehensive science education and research-readiness student development programs that help diverse students at community colleges transition to baccalaureate degree programs at research-intensive partner institutions.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 40 institutions with 627 slots​.

Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) | PAR-16-109; Patrick Brown
This program's goal is to promote the successful completion of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented groups. The strategy is to support comprehensive science education and research-readiness student development programs that help diverse students in M.S. degree programs transition to Ph.D. degree programs at research-intensive partner institutions.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 14 institutions with 87 slots.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) (U54)
| RFA-RM-13-016; Anissa J. Brown, Richard Okita and Dr. Desirée Salazar; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie
BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to implement and study innovative and effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research and preparing students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise.
FY2016: BUILD supported 10 primary institutions, along with their funded (41) and unfunded (42) research
and pipeline partner institutions.

Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F30/F31) Fellowships | PA-16-309; Oleg Barski; Veerasamy Ravichandran; Darren Sledjeski; Ward Smith | PA-16-308; Patrick Brown | PA-16-306; Régine Douthard
NIGMS predoctoral fellowships promote fundamental, interdisciplinary and innovative research training and career development leading to independent scientists who are well prepared to address the nation's biomedical research needs. Fellowships are available for Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. or other dual-degree students, as well as to promote diversity in health-related research. The strategy is to provide support to outstanding predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored training leading to the Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. or other dual-degree.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 109 F31s (61 diversity; 48 parent) and 10 F30s.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25) | PAR-17-053; Veerasamy Ravichandran
The goals of IMSD are to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups who complete Ph.D. degrees and enter the research workforce, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to provide institutional grants for research training and developmental activities at research-intensive institutions.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 49 institutions (523 undergraduates and 368 doctoral scholars).

Institutional Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (T32) | PA-16-152; 12 Program Officers
The goal of the T32 program is to enhance the quality of comprehensive research education and career development activities that prepare graduate students for the biomedical research workforce. The strategy is to enhance institutional curricular programs and research training in 11 scientific areas plus integrated medical scientist (M.D.-Ph.D.) training.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 3,094 trainees in 282 programs at 103 institutions.

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) (T34) | PAR-16-113; Dr. Sailaja Koduri
The goal of this program is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups who have the research experience and science preparation to matriculate and succeed in biomedical Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs of academic and research education, including 2 years of support of honors juniors and seniors and at least one summer research experience at a research-intensive institution.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 54 institutions and 583 trainees.

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) | PAR-17-051; Michael Bender
The goals of PREP are to increase the number of baccalaureates from underrepresented groups who go on to Ph.D. degree programs, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs that provide extensive research training and academic preparation at research-intensive institutions through 1- to 2-year research apprenticeships.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 32 institutions with 225 scholars.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25) | PAR-16-361; Alexandra Ainsztein
The goal of RISE is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete the Ph.D. degree. The strategy is to support research education programs at institutions with significant student populations from underrepresented groups. These programs may include undergraduate-, M.S.- or Ph.D.-level trainees.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 46 institutions with 933 scholars (631 undergraduates, 75 M.S., 227 Ph.D.).

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING BRANCH

Michael Sesma, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Career Development Awards (K08) | PA-16-191; K23; PA-16-198; PA-11-009; K25; PA-16-194; Michael Sesma; Alison Cole; Sarah Dunsmore; Rochelle Long; Scott Somers
The K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist and the K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research awards support individuals with M.D. degrees through mentored research career development experiences in anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, trauma and burn injury or wound healing. The K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award supports investigators from quantitative science and engineering disciplines who seek to focus on questions of health and disease.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 20 K08 awards in 19 institutions, 24 K23 awards in 19 institutions, and 3 K25
awards in 3 institutions.

Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F32) | PA-16-307; 10 Program Officers
Postdoctoral fellowships support advanced and specialized training in basic and/or clinical research through an intensive, mentored research project experience that encourages the development of independence, innovation and creativity in a highly productive research setting.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 249 F32 awards in 72 institutions.

Institutional Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (T32) | PA-16-152; Alison Cole; Richard Okita; Susan Haynes; Scott Somers
Institutional training programs support research training for clinician-scientists in four clinically relevant research areas within the mission of NIGMS: anesthesiology; clinical pharmacology; medical genetics; and trauma, burn and peri-operative injury. Trainees receive at least 2 years of research training in basic, clinical and/or translational science areas and engage in activities to promote research career development.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 7 medical genetics, 9 clinical pharmacology,
15 anesthesiology, and 14 trauma and burn programs; with 182 trainees.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) (K12) | PAR-16-103; Jessica Faupel-Badger
IRACDA supports postdoctoral training to prepare for independent research and teaching careers in academia, and strengthens and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups. Postdoctoral scholars are supported for a 3-year mentored research, teaching and career development experience in a research-intensive institution and regional, primarily teaching institutions with significant underrepresented student populations.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 22 programs and 233 scholars.

Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25) | PAR-14-170; Michael Sesma
The goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical research needs. The strategy is to fund activities with a primary focus on courses for skills development, structured mentoring activities and outreach programs.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 16 IPERT awards in 16 institutions.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce
Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) (U54)
| RFA-RM-13-015; Michael Sesma; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie
The CEC coordinates consortium activities and evaluates the efficacy of the training and mentoring approaches developed by BUILD and NRMN awardees in order to disseminate effective approaches to the broader research and mentoring communities.
FY2016: One CEC award to coordinate and evaluate interventions across the consortium.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54) | RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie.
NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.
FY2016: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions
and organizations.

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (F33) | PA-16-310; Michael Sesma
These fellowships are intended to support experienced investigators seeking opportunities to undertake short periods of mentored research training that will allow them to redirect, revitalize or restart a research program upon returning to their home institutions.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 0 individual.

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) | PA-16-193; Oleg Barski, Paula Flicker; Stephen Marcus; Michael Sesma; Dorit Zuk
The goal of this program is to shorten and facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator capable of leading a research team. The strategy is to support highly promising postdoctoral researchers in 2-year mentored research positions followed by 3 years of independent research support when the grantee obtains an independent position.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 31 K99 awards in 20 institutions; and 35 R00 awards in 30 institutions.

Research on Interventions (R01) | RFA-GM-14-013; Mercedes Rubio
The goal of this program is to understand the social and behavioral factors that increase the interest, motivation and preparedness of students from underrepresented groups for biomedical research careers. The strategy is to support research that tests assumptions about these factors and that can inform and guide new, evidence-based interventions for research training.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 12 awards in 11 institutions.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp) | PA-16-288; Desirée Salazar
This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 141 awards; 87 new and 54 continuing awards.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp) | PA-16-289; Desirée Salazar
This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive, mentored research experiences that facilitate re-entry and the establishment of a full-time, independent research career for individuals at the postdoctoral or early faculty level who have high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.
FY2016: NIGMS supported 4 awards.

For more information about TWD programs, see http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training or contact Dr. Alison E. Gammie, director, TWD Division.​​​​​​​​​​​​

This page last reviewed on November 21, 2016