National Institutes of Health

NIH: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)

Program Summary

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose research education programs to increase the pool of community college students from underrepresented backgrounds who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of baccalaureate degree-granting and associate degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. 


Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.

Bridges students are those students who will receive support in the form of salaries/wages under this program. These students must belong to an underrepresented group, must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents, and must be enrolled full-time in biomedical or behavioral science fields at the participating community college. (A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. This is generally a person born in a land that is not a state but that is under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration -- for example, American Samoa.)  An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must possess an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or other legal verification of such status prior to appointment to the Bridges grant. Individuals on temporary visas, those seeking asylum, or refugees are not eligible for support from the Bridges Program.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for a research education grant provided that the proposed educational experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving NIH support. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed research education program will complement ongoing research training occurring at the applicant institution.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Saba Rasheed Ali, ( / 335-5495) Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology.

Date Due to DSP or UIF10/19/2012
Date Due to Sponsor10/26/2012
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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