UHM internal competition guidelines for the NIH-ESTEEMED limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Program Synopsis

The over-arching goal of this National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce through early preparation for undergraduate students in STEM fields. Participants should be from diverse backgrounds and interested in ultimately pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD degree and a biomedical research career in academia or industry. The program activities will take place starting in the summer before the freshman year and ending in the summer following the sophomore year. At that time, participants will be expected to enter an Advanced Honors Program for juniors and seniors which aims to prepare high-achieving, underrepresented students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Therefore, only institutions with a diversity honors program, such as a MARC U-STAR (T34) program or an institutional program with similar goals, active at the time of application, are eligible to apply.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Research Experiences: for undergraduate students to provide preparation for and hands-on exposure to research. At a minimum, this preparation should include a summer bridge program, summer research experience, and additional activities during the academic year, including, but not limited to seminars and/or workshops that enhance skills in the basic sciences, computation, and scientific communication as well as introduce students to the laboratory environment
  • Mentoring Activities: dedicated to providing not only technical expertise, but advice, individual coaching, professional development, and career guidance to the participants. Mentoring should occur at multiple levels ideally involving faculty, peers, alumni, and family. For institutions with graduate degree programs, Ph.D. candidates may also participate as mentors.

NIH PROGRAM SOLICITATION: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-221.html

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS: UHM may serve as the lead institution on only one application (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPS number).

UHM INTERNAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES: Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF fileusing the filename: Last name_ESTEEMED_2017_pdf

1. Cover page. Include the following:

  1. Proposal title
  2. PI name, position title, department, address, phone, and email address
  3. Names of co-PI(s), position title(s), and department(s)

2. Program Description. (3 pages total). Describe the proposed program by addressing the following:

A. Personnel (1 page). Provide a list of Program Faculty. Include each person’s institutional affiliation, and a brief description of that person’s role(s) in the project including the experience of the program faculty with students from diversity backgrounds and any related accomplishments. Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as program faculty/mentors.

B. Project Description (2 pages). The most competitive preliminary proposal project narratives will address the following questions:

Proposed Research Education Program. While the proposed research education program may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving federal support. Provide an overview of the research education plan and describe how it will provide added value to the participants’ education and achieve the goals of the FOA. Briefly outline the proposed Summer Bridge program, Academic Year Activities, and the Summer Research Experience (please refer to NIH solicitation for details). Discuss why each activity proposed will be useful to the participants and how the proposed components build upon one another. In addition, briefly describe the institutional Advanced Honors Program and the linkage between the proposed research education program and the Advanced Honors Program. Ideally, at the completion of this program, participants will enter into an independent Honors Program for juniors and seniors at the applicant institution.

Program Director/Principal Investigator. Describe arrangements for administration of the program. Provide evidence that the Program Director/Principal Investigator is actively engaged in research and/or teaching in an area related to the mission of NIH, and can organize, administer, monitor, and evaluate the research education program. Describe the PDs/PIs history of mentoring, especially of students/trainees from underrepresented backgrounds, and their experience in developing and leading similar programs.

Program Participants. Eligible participants include individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Identify the career levels for which the proposed program is planned and if there are any specific GPA or course requirements for the program. Describe your student retention plans during the period of support, especially between the freshman and sophomore years. Identify if there is a program at the institution with similar goals to that of the ESTEEMED program.

Institutional Environment and Commitment. Describe the institutional environment, reiterating the availability of facilities and educational resources that can contribute to the planned Research Education Program. Identify other undergraduate diversity programs in STEM, if any at the institution and briefly describe how the proposed research education program differs from or complements these programs.

Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity. Applications must include a description of plans to enhance recruitment of trainees from underrepresented backgrounds and may wish to include data in support of past accomplishments.

Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. All applications must include a plan for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The plan must address the five, required instructional components outlined in the NIH policy, namely: Format, Subject Matter, Faculty Participation, Duration of Instruction, and Frequency of Instruction. Briefly address these areas for the purpose of this LSO.

Evaluation Plan. Applications must include a plan for evaluating the activities supported by the award. The application must specify baseline metrics, as well as measures to gauge the short or long-term success of the research education award in achieving its objectives.

C. Letter(s) of Support. Actual letters of support are not required for the purpose of the LSO, but evidence must be shown that the appropriate collaborators have been contacted and have agreed to participate. In particular, assurance from the directors of any existing Summer Bridge and Advanced Honors Programs are requested. If selected, at minimum, letters of support from the following will be required: Director(s) of any existing Summer Bridge and Advanced Honors Programs; a letter of institutional commitment.

3. 2-page Biosketch(s) for the PI and co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 14th, 2017.Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. NIH’s application due dates are as follows:

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due date (not required): April 24, 2017 (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
  • NIH Application Due Date: May 24, 2017 February 14, 2017 (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time).