Frequently Asked Questions about PREP relate to the following topics:
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:
Since PREP participants should have an interest in obtaining a Ph.D. degree as a condition of enrollment in the program, NIGMS expects that a successful PREP will provide the knowledge and skills such that at least 75% of its participants enter Ph.D. or dual-doctoral (such as M.D./Ph.D.) degree programs. Furthermore, with this expertise and experience, NIGMS expects that at least 75% of the participants who enter Ph.D. programs will complete the degree. Thus, applicant institutions should design the strategies and interventions, as well as set the goals and measurable objectives for their PREPs, within the context of the NIGMS’s expectations and in line with their institutional settings and missions.
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.
Applicants should include the following baseline information:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PREP institutions may request support for between five and ten postbaccalaureate positions per year.
Total direct costs are limited to $400,000 annually.
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.
The following costs are not allowed to be charged to the PREP grant:
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, 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.
The progress report should summarize the progress achieved in the reporting period with respect to the PREP program goals. The narrative part is limited to three pages and numerical and other data may be presented in tabular form (tables and figures are not included in the three-page limit). Follow instructions for the e-SNAP as well as the NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Instruction Guide [PDF, 2.4 MB].
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.
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.
This page last reviewed on
9/30/2019 4:22 PM
Connect With Us: