The Programs to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid research career advancement opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) through a variety of Summer Institutes. These mentored Summer Institute research education programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research programs and negotiating through the academic ranks. The primary outcome of this program is to increase the number of scientists and research-oriented faculty who are from ethnic groups currently under-represented in biomedical science and those with disabilities, to successfully compete for external funding for scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.
WHO? Junior faculty and postdoctoral scientists who are: (i) from under-represented ethnic groups and/or (ii) with disabilities, are generally eligible. Postdoctoral scientists in training status at the time of matriculation are not eligible. Postdoctoral scientists may participate in the program only if they have a faculty appointment at the time of matriculating into the program.
WHY? Broaden the demographic profile of medical research by training junior scientists and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from under-represented ethnic backgrounds and/or with disabilities to advance their scientific careers and be more competitive with their peers for external research funding.
HOW? The all-expense-paid program brings participants to the Summer Institute for 1- to 3-week sessions during two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit.
PRIDE provides mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests. The mentors are experienced in research and grant writing and offer long-term collaborations. The didactic curricula involve faculty and mentors from multiple disciplines with various levels of hands-on training. Special emphasis is placed on developing grantsmanship skills, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability. NHLBI scientific program staff provides a grants workshop and one-on-one consults to mentees to assist in project focus and identifying appropriate funding pathways to promote a sustainable independent research program for career advancement.
The current PRIDE program sites are listed below at the following institutions but are currently no longer recruiting participants. These programs will conclude in 2014. The new PRIDE program will begin in the fall of 2014.
Functional and Applied Genomics of Blood Disorders; Georgia Regents University; Program Director, Betty S. Pace, M.D. For more information contact JBINGHARRELL@georgiahealth.edu.
Mentoring Researchers in Latino Health Disparities; San Diego State University, Program Director, John Elder, Ph.D., M.P.H.; CPadilla@progjects.sdus.edu.
The PRIDE program is administratively supported by the PRIDE Coordinating Center, located at Washington State University at St. Louis.
The Program Director is Dr. Treva Rice. For more information contact Denised@wubios.wustl.edu.