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BUILD RPPR Year 2 Webinar Slides [PDF, 2.2MB]April 15, 2016
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BUILD Phase II Application FAQs
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Map of BUILD Institutions(HTML Version)
BUILD awards consist of linked grants issued to undergraduate institutions to implement and study innovative approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research, potentially helping them on the pathway to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. BUILD awards differ from other NIH-funded training grants in that they aim to achieve simultaneous impact at the student, faculty, and institutional levels. Through implementing a variety of innovative approaches to research skill building and training, mentorship, and institutional change, the BUILD-funded institutions address various challenges faced by students, faculty and institutions. In addition, by disseminating effective interventions and strategies to diversify biomedical research, BUILD institutions contribute to broader transformational impact at an institutional level. In FY 2014, 10 5-year BUILD awards were issued to undergraduate institutions across the country. Eligibility for BUILD primary institutions included having fewer than $7.5 million in total NIH research project grant funding, and a student population with at least 25 percent Pell Grant recipients. BUILD institutions serve a geographically and racially diverse population, and include historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-serving institutions, and projects with targeted outreach to special populations.
The second, and final, 5-year phase of the BUILD programs began in FY2019. After a limited competition, the 10 BUILD sites were renewed, presenting the Diversity Program Consortium with an opportunity to continue the experimental, innovative programs that were developed during Phase I.
Funded BUILD institutions partner with nearly 100 institutions, both pipeline and research-intensive, to broaden the pool of students participating in biomedical research training and maximize opportunities for faculty/staff development. As part of the Diversity Program Consortium, BUILD is a cooperative agreement, thus, NIH project scientists and program officials work closely with each BUILD institution, and the institutions collaborate with each other on planning and sharing ideas for new, creative ways to address their students’ needs. Each site has a core for administration, institutional development, student training, and research enrichment, which helps ensure programming is targeted to each of the three levels. During this second phase, the BUILD sites are encouraged to increase their focus on sustaining interventions developed during Phase I, and to disseminate their findings to a broader audience. This will contribute to the impact of the Diversity Program Consortium, because institutions throughout the United States will be able to benefit from the consortium’s research findings.
The Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative is funded by the NIH Common Fund and administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. For more information about BUILD, see the
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, April 3, 2018 (RFA-RM-18-006, reissuance of
RFA-RM-13-016), or contact
Dr. Sydella Blatch,
Dr. Anissa J. Brown,
Dr. Edgardo Falcón-Morales, or
Dr. Desirée Salazar.
The BUILD sites and their programs are:
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