The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage organizations with experience in the mentorship of individuals from diverse backgrounds as they pursue careers in biomedical research to submit grant applications for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN will be a nationwide consortium to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers (collectively termed biomedical research careers), through enhanced networking and mentorship experiences.
Only one application per institution is allowed. The NRMN is expected to recruit researchers from diverse biomedical research disciplines and diverse backgrounds to serve as mentors, in order to ensure a robust mentorship program. Mentors from foreign institutions may be included; however, most mentors are expected to be from U.S. institutions. The NRMN is expected to offer mentorship and professional development activities to participants in the BUILD program as well as undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty from other institutions nationwide who are interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. The NRMN is expected to recruit mentees from diverse backgrounds. Note: Applicants for BUILD or CEC awards are eligible to apply to this FOA. However, the CEC awardee or its partnering institutions will not be eligible to receive an NRMN award.
Cooperative Agreement. The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $2,225,000 in FY 2014 for a single NRMN award, contingent upon availability of funds. Application budgets are limited to $2,225,000 in total costs annually. The project period is 5 years.
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (firstname.lastname@example.org / 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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