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Although the number of individuals from diverse backgrounds (such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans) pursuing advanced degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences increased over the past 25 years, the representation in these fields remains disproportionately low.

The NHLBI Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research is intended to provide opportunities for undergraduate and health professional students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., disadvantaged backgrounds and racial and ethnic minorities) and individuals with disabilities to participate in activities leading to research careers in areas relevant to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders, and increase the short supply of qualified investigators from diverse backgrounds (e.g., disadvantaged backgrounds and racial and ethnic minorities) and individuals with disabilities.

The NHLBI encourages research areas crossing disciplinary boundaries (biophysics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, or bioengineering, for example) to develop a new interdisciplinary workforce. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research work force. The NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce will lead to the following:

  • Recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups
  • Improvement in the quality of the educational and research environment
  • Balanced perspective in the determination of research priorities
  • Improved capacity to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols
  • Improved capacity to address and eliminate health disparities

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, June 1, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to a three-page summary of the proposed project.


This FOA will use the NIH Research Education Grant (R25) award mechanism. The estimated annual funds (total costs) available for the program are expected to be $750,000. The actual amount may vary annually, depending on the response to the RFA and availability of funds. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this RFA may not exceed five years. Up to eight awards will be funded.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2007

Sponsor Deadline:

July 19, 2007

URL for more information:

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

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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