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The most recent B2B Research Training Program Announcement isPAR-19-299. There are two Notices associated with this PAR--
NOT-OD-19-109. We encourage interested applicants to read three documents carefully.
NOT-GM-19-046 provides an update to the TRE cap from $350,000 per year to $100,000 per year, and
NOT-OD-19-109 informs the community about the
new ORCiD iDs requirement for trainees appointed to Fellowships, Research Training, Research Education, and Career Development awards beginning in FY2020.
We encourage potential applicants to read the FOA and related Notices carefully. As you begin to develop your application, we encourage all applicants for Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training grants (new as well as renewal) to contact NIGMS Program Officers--
Dr. Mercedes Rubio or
Dr. Patrick Brown.
Yes. Although only one grant application may be submitted as lead by each eligible institution, multiple departments within a single institution can participate in a B2B research training grant proposal.
The number of slots requested should reflect the applicant pool determined by the institutional self-assessment. Applicants should only request slots for which they can fill.
For institutional awards such as B2B, underrepresented students are individuals belonging to groups that have been determined by the grantee institution to be underrepresented in biomedical research. NIH has an
interest in Diversity and encourages the recruitment of individuals who will diversify the biomedical sciences.
Yes. Any applications submitted for this
PAR are considered new applications. Applicants are not to include a response to the R25 summary statement or mention the previous submission within the body of the application.
The maximum TRE is $100,00 per year.
TREs are intended to help defray research related expenses associated with running the research training program. As such the following budget items fall under the TREs:
Yes. Faculty/staff can travel to meetings to accompany the trainees. Be mindful that faculty/staff travel comes out of the TRE line.
The 1.8 person months refers to all PIs and staff associated with the B2B. The 1.8 person months is offered as guidance.
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program director(s), with input from the steering or advisory committee (if applicable), develops and implements the Bridges to the Baccalaureate training plan, appoints and assigns trainees to faculty research mentors, and monitors trainee outcomes. The PD also monitors faculty participation and secures institutional support.
The contact PD/PI is expected to have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution unless extremely well-justified.
The faculty trainers serve as research mentors and may assist with trainee recruitment, selection, monitoring and support of the program's enrichment activities.
The purpose of the evaluation is to provide information on the effectiveness of the program, serve as a resource for self-improvement, and guide the institutionalization of effective strategies. The evaluation should assess the program progress and opportunities for improvement in achieving its goals, objectives, and milestones. Evaluation parameters can include, but are not limited to student appointments, transfer rates and graduation rates.
Applicants should note that program evaluation costs are allowed up to a maximum of $3,000 for the 5-year project period.
In general, the evaluator (either external or from the applicant institution) must have training and experience in evaluation methodology and statistics. The specific tools to be used in the evaluation (e.g., surveys, interviews, databases) will dictate the specific skills needed.
Yes. Investigators requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs (exclusive of consortium F&A) in any budget period are expected to include a Resource Sharing Plan. Investigators are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. View a
Sample Resource Sharing Plan.
This program is intended to assist trainees in their academic journey from the community college setting to a 4-year BS granting institution. Bridges to the Baccalaureate trainees participate in a variety of training activities (i.e., seminars, workshops, skill development training activities; courses that have been infused with curriculum development or method development), conduct biomedical research in laboratories through a summer research training experience and learn about various science careers as they prepare to the biomedical research workforce. The training activities are to take place at both sides of the bridge—at the 2-year institution and at the 4-year institution.
The program provides Bridges to the Baccalaureate trainees with an annual stipend (see the section "Kirschstein-NRSA Stipend Levels" for current levels) plus partial undergraduate tuition and fees.
Bridges to the Baccalaureate is intended to provide consecutive 24-month program for each trainee; appointments are thereby made for two full-time 12-month continuous periods. Trainees can receive 12-month or 24-month of support at the community college setting. Trainees can receive 12-month of support at the community college setting and 12-months of support at the BS granting institution, if there are no other NIGMS training programs (e.g.,
BUILD) at grantee institutions. If NIGMS-funded training program does exist at the partner BS institution, the Bridges to Baccalaureate trainees are expected to transition into or benefit from these training programs.
The expectation is that B2B trainees who transfer to a consortium partner institution that has a MARC, RISE, or BUILD, such said trainee is to be supported by one of these programs. The trainee is no longer eligible to receive B2B support, after bridging, if a MARC, RISE, or BUILD at such said institution. It will be important that programs synergize their efforts and plan accordingly.
No. Support for Bridges trainees is intended for institutions that are part of the research training consortium (i.e., those that are part of the Bridges partnership). Regardless of which institution the trainee bridges to, the PI is responsible to tracking the progress of all trainees for up to 15 years.
Yes, the $3,000 per trainee for the summer research experience is, indeed, separate from the $1,000 per trainee funds to travel to scientific meetings.
Yes. Since, B2B trainees can be appointed up to 12-month at a time, trainees are indeed eligible to receive a stipend during the summer research experience.
There is no predetermined fundable score for a B2B application. Applications compete for available funds with all other recommended applications from eligible institutions. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:
For more information visit
NIGMS Funding Policies.
While NIGMS tries to support all programs at or near the Council recommended slot level; full support depends on NIGMS' training budget and other factors.
Yes. However, should a trainee leave the program and the PI wants to appoint another trainee, the PI may readily do so if that new trainee would be appointed during the standard appointment period (June - September 30). After September 30, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program director would need to make an official request (through your business office/signing official) to NIGMS for the new trainee's appointment.
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