The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage institutions with expertise in data coordination and evaluation of research training, career development, and mentoring programs to submit applications for the establishment and operation of the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) for the NIH Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program. This program will consist of three integrated initiatives: the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the CEC. Awardees funded through these initiatives will work together as a consortium which will be coordinated by the CEC. The CEC will facilitate the establishment of program-wide goals and agreed upon hallmarks of successful biomedical researchers at multiple career stages. The CEC will develop appropriate instruments and processes to assess the impact of BUILD and NRMN activities on attainment of these hallmarks by program participants. It will coordinate the collection of data from BUILD and NRMN awardees and other sources, assess the data in an ongoing way, provide feedback to the consortium and facilitate an iterative process of program adjustment to maximize the research benefit of BUILD and NRMN activities.
Only one application per institution is allowed. Note: Applicants for BUILD or NRMN awards are eligible to apply to this FOA. However, the CEC awardee may not receive a BUILD or NRMN award or be involved as a collaborating institution on a BUILD or NRMN award.
Cooperative Agreement. The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $1.75 Million in FY 2014. A single award is anticipated contingent upon the availability of funds. Application budgets may not exceed $1.75 Million in total costs annually. The project period is 5 years.
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (email@example.com / 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, by Tuesday, January 28, 2014, if you are interested in applying.
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