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.

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 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 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. Mentors are experienced scientists, from multiple disciplines, with strong expertise in grant writing and are able to offer long-term collaborations with mentees. 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 also provide a half-day grants-focused technical assistance workshop and periodic, one-on-one consults to mentees to assist in project focus and identifying appropriate funding pathways to promote sustainable independent research programs. 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 summer institute program sites are listed below. Recruitment for each summer institute program begins the year prior to matriculation and is on-going until slots are filled.

Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology (link is external) (CGE), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. Principal Investigators, DC Rao, PhD and Victor Davila-Roman, MD. For more information, contact Linda Schreier, BS, at

Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders (link is external) (FTG), Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University), Augusta, Georgia. Principal Investigator, Betty S Pace, MD. For more information, contact Mary Johnson, MS, at

Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (link is external) (CVD), The State University of New York, SUNY Downstate, New York, New York. Principal Investigator, Mohamed Boutjdir, PhD. For more information, contact Frank Fabris, BS, at

Behavioral and Sleep Medicine (link is external) (BSM), NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York. Principal Investigators, Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD and Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH. For more information, contact Jennifer Alexander, MA, at

Advanced Health Disparities Training (link is external) (AHD), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Principal Investigators, Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD and Francisco Moreno, MD, PhD. For more information contact, JD Thomas, PhD at

Obesity Health Disparities (link is external) (OHD), University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. Principal Investigators, Bettina M Beech, DrPH, MPH, and Keith C Norris, MD, PhD. For more information, contact Gina Hamilton, MA at

Research in Implementation Science for Equity (link is external) (RISE), The 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

The PRIDE program is administratively supported by the PRIDE Coordinating Core (link is external) (CC), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. Principal Investigator and Director, Treva K Rice, PhD. For more information, contact

The NHLBI Program Officer for the PRIDE program is Josephine Boyington, PhD, MPH, CNS. For more information, you can reach her

April 2017