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The mission of the NIH Initiative for Minority Students: Bridges to the Doctorate is to make available to the biomedical science research enterprise and to the nation the intellectual talents of an increasing number of underrepresented minority students. Bridges to the Future accomplishes this mission by supporting programs that facilitate the transition of students from associate- to baccalaureate-degree granting institutions and from master's- to doctoral-degree granting institutions. The challenge for the participating partners is to create a partnership program, or to enhance an existing program, that will focus attention and adequate resources on the institution(s) granting master's degrees and enhance the academic competitiveness of its (their) science graduates. Each proposed Bridges program must consist of a partnership between at least two institutions.  One must be an institution that offers the master's degree as the only advanced degree in the sciences within the participating departments AND has a significant enrollment of underrepresented minorities.

MU may be involved as a partner in more than one Bridges proposal, but can be the applicant institution for only one. If an institution is involved in more than one Bridges to the Future Program and/or if we have another, different transition program (which MU does), we must describe how the various programs interact and are consistent with the overall goals of the proposal. In order to comply with these requirements, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research in 203 Jesse Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, regardless of whether MU participation in the proposal will be as an applicant or partner institution. Letters should be limited to two pages and should include brief descriptions of the following: 1) a clear statement of the goals for the program, 2) partner institutions and their student populations, and 3) plan for evaluating whether the project objectives are met.

Amount: Direct costs cannot exceed $600,000 for a 3-year period. The NIH will pay facilities and administrative (F&A) costs at 8% of the direct costs, minus appropriate exclusions, or actual F&A costs, whichever is less.
MU Deadline: Letter of Intent: 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2005
Foundation Deadline:

Application Receipt date: November 14, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.


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