SHORT-TERM TRAINING FOR MINORITY STUDENTS PROGRAM

NIH Guide, Volume 22, Number 14, April 9, 1993



PAR NUMBER:  PAR-93-074



P.T. 44, FF



Keywords:

  Biomedical Research Training 

  Blood Diseases 

  Cardiovascular Diseases 

  Pulmonary Diseases 



National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute



Application Receipt Date:  August 27, 1993



The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announces a

program to support short-term research training experiences for

minority undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students in

areas related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic* diseases.

The purpose of the award is to encourage institutions to provide

opportunities for underrepresented minority students at the

undergraduate and graduate level to become exposed to biomedical

research in areas relevant to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and

hematologic diseases through a short-term research experience.



* Within the NHLBI, the term "hematologic" covers research on

thrombosis and hemostasis, immunohematology, blood cell disorders,

sickle cell disease, blood resources, including blood component and

derivative therapy, blood substitutes and blood resource management,

aspects of AIDS products in AIDS prevention and treatment, and

AIDS-related bone marrow and hematologic disorders.  Other Institutes

of the NIH are responsible for research on disorders of white cells,

including the leukemias, and other blood malignancies, and basic

immunology related to the lymphoid system.  Therefore, the NHLBI does

not provide support for such studies.



HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000



The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health

promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000,"

a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas.  This program

announcement, Short-term Training for Minority Students Program, is

related to the priority area of heart disease and stroke.  Potential

applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:

Stock No. 017-001-00474-0) or "Healthy People 2000" (Summary Report:

Stock No. 017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent of Documents,

Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 (telephone

202-783-3238).



ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



Awards in this program will be made to domestic institutions or

organizations, including minority institutions, engaged in health

related-research in areas related to heart, lung or blood disorders.

These grants will support short-term research training experiences of

two to three months duration for minority undergraduate students,

minority students in health professional schools and minority graduate

students. Trainees appointed to the program need not be from the

grantee institution, but may include a number of minority students from

other institutions, schools, colleges or universities.  The grantee

institution will be responsible for the selection and appointment of

trainees.  Special attention should be given to the recruitment of

individuals from minority groups that are underrepresented nationally

in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, i.e., Blacks, Hispanics,

Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and Pacific Islanders.



Trainees should have successfully completed at least one undergraduate

year at an accredited school or university or have successfully

completed one semester at a school of medicine, optometry, osteopathy,

dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or public health or an

institution with an accredited graduate program, prior to participating

in the program.  These grants are intended to introduce students to

research that would not otherwise be available through their regular

course of studies.  For graduate students, this may include graduate

students in programs, such as mathematics, where they would not

normally be exposed to biomedical research or minority graduate

students who may need a specialized research experience to supplement

their normal graduate education.  Individuals holding Ph.D., M.D.,

D.V.M. or equivalent doctoral degrees in the health sciences are not

eligible for participation in the program.



MECHANISMS OF SUPPORT



The mechanism of support is the institutional National Research Service

Award for Short-Term Training Students in Health Professional Schools

(T35).  Institutions may request up to five years of support for

short-term training programs for at least 4 but not more than 24

trainees per year.  The stipend level for trainees is $733 per month.

Stipends may be supplemented from non-federal funds.  Training-related

expenses up to $125 per month per trainee may be requested.  In

addition, up to $500 per trainee may be requested to cover domestic

travel to and from the training site and up to $250 per month per

trainee may be requested to cover the cost of housing at the training

site.  Trainee tuition and fees, where necessary to the research

training, must be covered by the Training Related Expenses.  Indirect

costs will be awarded based on 8 percent of total direct costs,

exclusive of tuition and fees.



RESEARCH OBJECTIVES



The Short-Term Training for Minority Students program is designed to

offer short-term training grant awards to qualified institutions to

enable minority undergraduate students, graduate students, and health

professional students to become exposed to research career

opportunities in biomedical or behavioral research.  These awards are

expected to attract students to biomedical science in their

developmental stages, increase awareness of biomedical research, and to

acquaint students with career opportunities in research.  Awards under

the Short-Term Training Program for Minority Students are intended to:



o  Expose minority undergraduate students, graduate students, and

students in health professional schools to opportunities inherent in

research careers in areas relevant to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and

hematologic diseases;



o  Attract highly qualified minority students into biomedical and

behavioral research careers, and;



o  Alleviate the deficit of minority investigators.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



Applications must be received by August 27, 1993.  Applications are to

be submitted on the grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 9/91).

Application kits are available at most institutional offices of

sponsored research and may be obtained from the Office of Grants

Inquires, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health,

Westwood Building, Room 449, Bethesda, MD 20892, telephone

301-435-0714.  The title and number of this announcement must be typed

in section 2a on the face page of the application.



The completed original application and three legible copies must be

sent or delivered to:



Division of Research Grants

National Institutes of Health

Westwood Building, Room 240

Bethesda, MD  20892**



Two additional copies of the application must be sent to:



Scientific Review Administrator

Division of Extramural Affairs

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 550

Bethesda, MD  20892



REVIEW PROCEDURES



All applications responding to this announcement will be reviewed for

scientific and technical merit by the Research Training Review

Committee of the Division of Extramural Affairs, NHLBI, followed by a

second level review by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory

Council.



The factors to be considered in the evaluation of the proposed training

program are:



o  Design of the proposed training program;

o  Qualifications and previous training record of the program director

and participating faculty;

o  Adequacy of facilities, environment, and resources for the proposed

research training;

o  Methods of recruiting, selecting and assigning minority students;

o  Commitment of the institution and participating faculty to the goals

of the training program;

o  Procedures for evaluation of the effectiveness of the program and

the impact of the program on the students involved.



AWARD CRITERIA



Applications will compete for available funds with other approved

career development award applications assigned to the National Heart,

Lung, and Blood Institute.  The following will be considered in making

funding decisions:



o  Technical merit of the application as determined by peer review

o  Availability of funds

o  Program balance among the research areas of the announcement



INQUIRIES



Written and telephone inquires are encouraged.  Guidelines for this

program may be obtained from any of the following:



John Fakunding, Ph.D.

Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Federal Building, Room 3C04

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-1724



Fann Harding, Ph.D.

Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Federal Building, Room 5A08

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-1817



Mary Reilly, M.S.

Division of Lung Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 640A

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 594-7466



For fiscal and administrative matters contact:



Grants Operations Branch

Division of Extramural Affairs

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 4A15C

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 594-7434



AUTHORITY AND REGULATION



This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

numbers 93.837, 93.838, and 93.839.  Awards will be made under the

authority of the Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 301

(Public Law 78-410, as amended; 42 USC 241) and administered under PHS

grants policies and Federal Regulations at 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR

Part 74.  This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review

requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.



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