National Institutes of Health

NIH: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)

Program Summary

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications that propose research education programs intended to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences. 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.


Only one application per institution is allowed.

Institutions offering both associate's and baccalaureate degrees may not form partnerships within their own institution for graduates of their own associate's degree programs to enter their own baccalaureate programs, even if a student is moving to another department, school, or college. The program seeks to promote and enhance partnerships BETWEEN institutions.
Each proposed Bridges to the Baccalareate Program must consist of a partnership/consortium composed of at least two institutions, including the lead applicant institution. One must be an institution that offers the assocate’s degree as the primary degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Another institution must be a college or university granting the baccalaureate degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Two different scenarios are anticipated for these partnerships: a) one baccalaureate degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more associate's degree-granting institutions, or b) one associate’s degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. An eligible applicant or partner institution may participate in more than one Bridges to the Baccalaureate partnership if such multiple partnerships are strongly justified by the potential to magnify the programs’ and institutions' outcomes.

Award Information

Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year.  The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( / 384-3332), in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, by September 13, 2013.

Date Due to DSP or UIF10/11/2013
Date Due to Sponsor10/18/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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