Notice of Clarification of Institutional Eligibility for PAR-19-102 “Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32)”

Notice Number: NOT-GM-19-036

Key Dates
Release Date: April 12, 2019

Related Announcements
PAR-19-102

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to revise language regarding institutional eligibility in PAR-19-102 “Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T34)” to clarify that research active institutions are defined as those with NIH Research Project Grant funding averaging less than $7.5 million in total costs (direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the last three fiscal years.

The following is detailed information about the modifications to the FOA.

Part I Overview Information

Funding Opportunity Purpose

Current Language

The goal of the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program is limited to applications from training programs at research-active institutions (i.e., those with an average of NIH Research Project Grant funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years).

Revised Language

The goal of the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program is limited to applications from training programs at research-active institutions (i.e., those with NIH Research Project Grant funding averaging less than $7.5 million in total costs(direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the last three fiscal years).

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose and Background Information

Current Language

NIGMS strives to ensure that future generations of researchers will be drawn from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, interests, and experiences to address complex scientific problems. NIGMS seeks to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by supporting individuals from a variety of backgrounds at multiple training and career stages in a variety of institutions and educational settings across the country. Accordingly, NIGMS developed separate institutional eligibility tracks for review and funding of its undergraduate and graduate diversity enhancing programs based on NIH research project grant (RPG) funding levels. The two tracks include research-intensive, i.e., those with an average of NIH RPG funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years, and research-active, i.e., those with an average of RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORTER). To prevent the duplication of diversity enhancing NIGMS programs, each institution will be eligible for one diversity enhancing undergraduate program (either Maximizing Access to Research Careers, MARC, or Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, U-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T34), and one diversity enhancing graduate program (either the Initiative to Maximize Student Development, IMSD, or G-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T32). Institutions with MARC, U-RISE, IMSD or G-RISE are eligible to participate in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and/or Bridges to the Doctorate programs.

Revised Language

NIGMS strives to ensure that future generations of researchers will be drawn from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, interests, and experiences to address complex scientific problems. NIGMS seeks to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by supporting individuals from a variety of backgrounds at multiple training and career stages in a variety of institutions and educational settings across the country. Accordingly, NIGMS developed separate institutional eligibility tracks for review and funding of its undergraduate and graduate diversity enhancing programs based on NIH research project grant (RPG) funding levels. The two tracks include research-intensive, i.e., those with NIH Research Project Grant funding averaging greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs (direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the past three fiscal years, and research-active, i.e., those with NIH Research Project Grant funding averaging less than $7.5 million total costs (direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the past three fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORTER). To prevent the duplication of diversity enhancing NIGMS programs, each institution will be eligible for one diversity enhancing undergraduate program (either Maximizing Access to Research Careers, MARC, or Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, U-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T34), and one diversity enhancing graduate program (either the Initiative to Maximize Student Development, IMSD, or G-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T32). Institutions with MARC, U-RISE, IMSD or G-RISE are eligible to participate in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and/or Bridges to the Doctorate programs.

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Section III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible Organizations

Current Language

For diversity enhancing programs, NIGMS recognizes separate institutional eligibility tracks: research-intensive, i.e., those with an average of NIH research project grant (RPG) funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years, and research-active, i.e., those with an average of RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the past 3 fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORTER). For example, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 for applications submitted in May 2019.

Revised Language

For diversity enhancing programs, NIGMS recognizes separate institutional eligibility tracks: research-intensive, i.e., those with NIH research project grant (RPG) funding averaging greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs (direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the past three fiscal years, and research-active, i.e., those with NIH RPG funding averaging less than $7.5 million total costs (direct and F&A/indirect) per year over the past three fiscal years (RPG data are available through NIH RePORTER). For example, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 for applications submitted in May 2019.

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Section IV. Application and Submission Information

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Faculty, Trainees, And Training Record Section

Letters of Support:

Current Language

Institutional Eligibility Letter. (1-page maximum).The Provost or similar official with institution-wide responsibility must certify that all the components of the institution under the applicant DUNS number together have an average of RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs (both direct and F&A/indirect costs) over the past 3 fiscal years, as described in Section III, "Eligible Organization". If this letter is not included, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Revised Language

Institutional Eligibility Letter. (1-page maximum).The Provost or similar official with institution-wide responsibility must certify that all the components of the institution under the applicant DUNS number together have RPG funding averaging less than $7.5 million total costs per year ( direct and F&A/indirect costs) over the past three fiscal years, as described in Section III, "Eligible Organization". If this letter is not included, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

All other aspects of this FOA remain the same.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Luis A. Cubano, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Email: luis.cubano@nih.gov

Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Email: anissa.brown@nih.gov