Frequently Asked Questions about PREP relate to the following topics:
A. It is expected that upon completion of the program, PREP participants will apply to high-caliber doctoral training programs. It is also anticipated that institutional PREPs will help awardee institutions in achieving greater diversity in their doctoral programs, either through institutional change fostered by experience with the PREP program and/or through recruitment of successful PREP participants into those programs.
Success of the institutional programs should be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. Measurable outcomes may include, but are not limited to:
A. Yes. All institutional PREPs must have an assessment or evaluation plan. The efficacy of the program interventions, as well as impacts on the participating departments, must be determined. Program implementation must be regularly assessed and, if needed, changes for further improvement should be carried out. Assessment plans should include measurable objectives and outcomes relevant to the Ph.D. preparation and completion of PREP participants. In order to measure the impact or changes due to PREP, baseline information must be provided. Expectations by the institutional PREPs must be clearly described based on this baseline and should be congruent with the expectations of the TWD Division.
A. Applicants should include the following baseline information:
1) Institutional Setting and Current Status of the Graduate Biomedical Science Academic Programs: Provide a brief description of the mission of the institution and its academic components. Describe the current academic programs and support services, as well as the size of the graduate student body (Ph.D. level) in the biomedically relevant sciences. Describe aspects of the institutional environment likely to foster the success of the PREP program. Describe and summarize institutional and externally sponsored programs that have encouraged and helped train underrepresented students at the participating institution within the last 5 years.
2) Student Enrollment, Graduation, and Career Paths: Provide institutional data on Ph.D. student enrollment from the last five years, and indicate the percentage of individuals from underrepresented groups. Provide the number of Ph.D. students (overall and underrepresented groups) from the participating departments or programs and their graduation rates for the last 5 years. Present this data in table format
A. Applications submitted without an assessment or evaluation plan and plans to track the career path of the PREP participants will be considered noncompliant and will not be reviewed.
A. Institutional eligibility is specified in the PREP funding opportunity announcement. Applicant institutions must be research institutions that have a significant number of faculty mentors with NIH or other extramural support in the biomedical science fields. These institutions must have strong Ph.D. programs in the relevant biomedical fields and demonstrated experience in training Ph.D. candidates. The institutions must be able to provide the PREP participants with excellent, challenging, and supportive peer groups.
A. For support with NIGMS funds, PREP participants must be recent baccalaureate graduates in the biomedical sciences and must belong to underrepresented groups or from a disadvantaged background in these sciences. These individuals must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents and must have obtained their baccalaureate degrees from an accredited U.S. college or university no longer than 36 months prior to their application to PREP.
A. No. The individual participant development plan must be designed such that participants will have to carry out and finish a research project as well as take courses, workshops and/or supplemental instruction that will allow them to enhance their research skills and academic credentials within a 1-year period.
A. Appointment of PREP participants will be for one year, with a possibility of a second-year extension at the discretion of the principal investigator. NIGMS recognizes that each participant has individual needs and that a one-year program may not be sufficient for some to fully prepare to be competitive for graduate school. A second-year of support is allowable at the discretion of the PREP Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) if within the awarded costs of a particular program. This does not require NIGMS pre-approval, but should be used selectively for those participants who would benefit from a second year in the program. The second-year experience must enhance participants’ competitiveness to enter a rigorous doctoral program and not simply allow participants more time to decide if they wish to obtain a graduate degree or to explore other career options.
A. No. Although the institution is allowed to apply for or hold only one PREP award, participation of all departments relevant to biomedical sciences is strongly encouraged.
A. PREP institutions may request support for between five and ten postbaccalaureate positions per year.
A. Total direct costs are limited to $400,000 annually.
A. No, you can only appoint the number allotted for the program in the notice of award with NIGMS funds. Request for additional participants must be discussed with the designated TWD Program Director.
A. The following costs are not allowed to be charged to the PREP grant:
A. Progress Reports must be submitted following the Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) as defined by the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Information about eSNAP is available on the eRA Commons Web site. If your institution has never used eSNAP before, please review the eSNAP User Guide [PDF, 1MB] as it has information on how to enable the eSNAP feature for your institution as well as step-by-step instructions on how to submit your annual progress reports electronically.
A. While funds awarded for any year should be spent in that grant year, PREPs now have expanded authority, meaning that unobligated unspent funds for a particular year can be carried over into a new budget period. These funds can be rebudgeted within the scope of the PREP program; however, the PI/PD must contact their TWD program official to rebudget any funds originally requested for program-supported participants (e.g. PREP scholar salaries/fringe benefits, tuition, travel etc.). Recipients must be sure to address Section G.10 (Unobligated Balance) in the RPPR, if applicable.
A. The grantee institution has the authority to extend the final budget period of the project using eRA Commons for up to 12 months if the request is submitted on or before the anniversary date of the parent grant and there is no change in the scope of the program. Additional extensions require NIH approval and will be considered if no additional funds are required.
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