Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)

The Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This Summer Institute initiative addresses 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, by preparing them to successfully compete for external funding for scientific research in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.


An all expenses paid research career-advancing opportunity supported by NHLBI.

Nine Summer Institutes with mentored research training programs address difficulties in establishing independent research programs and in negotiating academic ranks.

Desired outcome is to improve recruitment and retention of faculty from disabled or underrepresented groups in heart, lung, blood, and sleep studies.

Training Includes:

  • Didactic courses

  • Grant writing and grantsmanship courses

  • Special topic conferences and lab skills

  • Mentoring networks

  • Small Research Project (SRP)


U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a junior faculty member holding a doctoral degree, such as a PhD, MD, DO, DVM, or a transitioning post-doctorate trainee, and is from a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical or health sciences.

A successful applicant also must have a research focus that is centered on heart, lung, blood or sleep (HLBS) disorders, involving various methods such as health disparities or sleep disorders or other approaches.


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 for external research funding.


Complete Online Pre-Application on Form

Upon request, complete Full Application

Full Application Includes

  • Letter of support from Department Chair allowing trainee to fully participate, i.e.,

    • 5% protected effort throughout the program

    • 33% effort during the summer months

    • Access to institutional resources for preparing grant applications

  • A statement of research interests, a Curriculum Vitae and Biosketch

  • Complete Pre-Application and Full Application

  • Letters of Recommendation from Department Chair and Mentor or Colleague


Impact of Ancestry and Gender on Omics of Lung Diseases (AGOLD)

(August 10-23, 2020)
University of Colorado,
Denver Aurora, Colorado
PIs: Sonia C Flores PhD, Oliver Eickelberg MD, Kathleen Barnes PhD

Advanced Respiratory Research for Equity (AIRE)

(July 13-21, 2020)
University of Arizona Health Sciences,
Tucson, Arizona
PIs: Joe GN “Skip” Garcia MD, Francisco Moreno MD, Sairam Parthasarathy MD

Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (BSM)

(July 19-31, 2020)
NYU Langone Medical Center,
New York, New York
PIs: Girardin Jean-Louis PhD, Gbenga Ogedegbe MD

Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology (CVD-CGE)

(July 15-August 7, 2020)
Washington University in St. Louis,
Saint Louis, Missouri
PIs: Victor Davila-Roman MD, DC Rao PhD

Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (CVD)

(June 14-26, 2020)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center,
New York, New York
PI: Mohamed Boutjdir PhD

Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences (FOCUS)

(July 13-24, 2020)
University of California,
San Diego La Jolla, California
PIs: JoAnn Trejo PhD, Vivian Reznik MD, Robert Ross MD

Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (FTG)

(July 6-31, 2020)
Augusta University,
Augusta, Georgia
PI: Betty Pace MD

Obesity Health Disparities (OHD)

(June 7-19, 2020)
University of Mississippi Medical Center,
Jackson, Mississippi
PIs: Bettina M. Beech DrPH, Keith C. Norris MD, PhD

Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE)

(July 20-31, 2020)
The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG,
San Francisco, California
PIs: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo MD/PhD, Alicia Fernandez MD, Margaret Handley PhD

For More Information Contact

PRIDE Coordination Core

Washington University in St. Louis
Division of Biostatistics
Campus Box 8067
660 South Euclid Avenue
St Louis, MO 63110-1093
PI/PD: Treva K Rice, PhD

Phone: 314-362-1318