PREP awards encourage individuals from underrepresented groups who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science to pursue a research doctorate. PREP participants work as apprentice scientists in a preceptor's laboratory and participate in student development and education activities. This program is expected to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit of a graduate degree while also stimulating them to have an interest in addressing the health problems that disproportionately affect minorities and the medically underserved in the United States.
Grants are made to domestic, private and public universities or research institutions with strong Ph.D. degree programs in the biomedical sciences. An institution may submit only one application for this program. PREP participants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically related science no more than 36 months prior to their selection for participation in the program. Individuals selected as PREP scholars must intend to apply, immediately after completion of their internship, for graduate education that will eventually lead to the research doctorate. In addition, PREP scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The period of appointment is 1 year, but a second year extension may be requested and must be well justified. Second year extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information about PREP, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts November 7 2016 (PAR-17-051), or contact Dr. Michael Bender or 301-594-0943 or Dr. Kenneth Gibbs at 301-594-3901.
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