NIH/NIGMS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award Program

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NIH/NIGMS invites applications for the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program. The purpose of the award is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the nation’s biomedical and behavioral research needs. The program promotes consortia between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to the training and encouragement of, and assistance to, students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation.

The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII, combined with an opportunity to develop the academic skills – including teaching – through workshops and mentored teaching assignments of postdoctoral fellows at a partner institution.

The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) strengthen the overall teaching opportunities at partner institutions, with the expectation that it would further foster the development of the next generation of a diverse pool of scientists who are available to address the NIH’s biomedical and behavioral research needs.

This is a limited submission program. The University may only submit one (1) grant application under this announcement. Interested faculty must submit an abstract, CV, and budget to Dean Puzas ( by August 10th. Please use the words “IRACDA K12” in the subject line. Deans will select a candidate by August 17th.

The complete program solicitation can be found here. The deadline for the complete application is September 24th. It is important to remember that ORPA must receive electronic proposals five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline along with a completed and signed University sign-off form.


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