The Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged 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 Summer Institute research education and mentoring programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers 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 backgrounds currently under-represented in the biomedical sciences 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 transitioning postdoctoral biomedical scientists who are from: (i) groups under-represented in the biomedical sciences and/or (ii) have 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 matriculation.
WHY? Broaden the demographic profile of biomedical research by training junior scientists and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from under-represented 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 one of seven summer institutes for 1 to 3-week sessions each, over two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit.
PRIDE summer institutes also provide 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 provide a half-day technical assistance 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. Mentees, program mentors, principal investigators and NHBLI staff also gather once a year at the PRIDE Annual meeting to network and engage in hands on research skill building activities and to review mentees progress.
The PRIDE initiative is funded through FY 2018 and the current PRIDE program sites listed below are at the following institutions. Recruitment for each summer institute program begins the year prior to matriculation and is on-going until slots are filled.
Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology; Washington University in St. Louis; Principal Investigators, D.C. Rao, Ph.D. and Victor Davila-Roman. For more information, contact Linda Schreier, BS, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders; Augusta University, (formerly Georgia Regents University); Principal Investigator, Betty S. Pace, M.D. For more information, contact Mary Johnson, MS, at email@example.com
Cardiovascular Health-Related Research; The State University of New York, SUNY; Principal Investigator, Mohamed Boutjdir, Ph.D. For more information, contact Frank Fabris, BS, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Behavioral and Sleep Medicine; NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York; Principal Investigators, Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D and Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH. For more information, contact Laurel Belton, BA at Laurel.Belton@nyumc.org
Advanced Health Disparities Training; University of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona, Principal Investigators, Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, Francisco Moreno, MD Ph.D. For more information contact, JD Thomas, PhD at email@example.com
Obesity Disparities Research: HBCU PRIDE; University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, Mississippi; Principal Investigators: Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH, and Keith C. Norris, MD, PhD. For more information, contact Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, CRC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE); UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at SF General Hospital, San Francisco, California; Principal Investigators Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Alicia Fernandez, MD and Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH. For more information, contact Purba Chatterjee, MSc at Purba.Chatterjee@ucsf.edu
The PRIDE program is administratively supported by the PRIDE Coordinating Core, located at Washington State University at St. Louis. The Director is Treva Rice, PhD. For more information, contact Denised@wubios.wustl.edu.
The NHLBI Program Officer for the PRIDE program is Josephine Boyington, PhD, MPH, CNS. For more information, you can reach her email@example.com.