Planning Grants for the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (P20)

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The NIH is inviting institutions to submit applications for six-month planning grants for the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative. Institutions must have expertise in developing research and mentoring opportunities for undergraduate students with backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

The BUILD initiative aims to increase the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce by supporting collaborative programs that include novel approaches for enhancing undergraduate education, training, and mentorship, as well as infrastructure support and faculty development to facilitate those approaches. BUILD planning grants are intended to help institutions develop the necessary partnerships and infrastructure needed to be competitive for the BUILD initiative.

This is a limited submission opportunity; the University may submit only one (1) grant application.

Interested faculty at the Medical Center must submit an abstract, CV, and budget to Dean Puzas via Catherine Muzytchuk (, using the word “BUILD” in the subject line.

Faculty at the River Campus interested in submitting a proposal must submit an abstract, CV, and budget to the Deans via Debra Haring ( or Cindy Gary (

The deadline for submissions to the Deans is March 18, 2013. The Deans will forward their ranked submissions to Associate Provost Jason Adsit by March 28, 2013. The Senior Vice President for Research will decide which submission will move forward to the NIH by April 1, 2013.

The optional Letter of Intent is due April 10, 2013. The full proposal is due May 10, 2013. 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.

The complete program solicitation can be found here.


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