Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program provides support to institutions to help students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The goal of this program is to provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of community college students to transfer to and complete a bachelor's degree in biomedical research fields. The program requires partnerships between two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with four-year colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. The partnership/consortium must involve at least two colleges or universities including the applicant institution.

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program provides an opportunity to develop new, or expand existing, effective institutional programs aimed at a key juncture within higher education, namely the transition from two-year institution(s) to four-year baccalaureate granting institution(s) that offer degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program aims to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists, who have technical, operational, and professional skills (i.e., ability to think critically and independently; commitment to conducting rigorous and reproducible biomedical research; and skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen fields), so that supported trainees at this critical transition point are able to contribute to the biomedical research workforce ecosystem.

Awards are made to domestic, private and public, educational institutions. State and local systems of higher education may also apply. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The grant is renewable. The size of award will vary with the scope of the research training program proposed and the availability of funds. Trainees are typically provided full-time support for two years of undergraduate studies. At institutions where other NIH undergraduate research training programs (e.g., U-RISE, MARC, BUILD) exist, the Bridges to Baccalaureate trainees are expected to transition into or benefit from these training programs.

NIGMS encourages all applicants for Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training grants (new as well as renewal) to contact Shakira Nelson or Laurie Stepanek. For more information about the Bridges to Baccalaureate Research Training program, please see the links below, and consult the Bridges to Baccalaureate program announcement (PAR-19-299).