NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of Diverse Research Workforce (R25) FAQs

The overarching goal of this NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by (1) increasing the pool of current and future Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical neuroscience research; and (2) facilitating the career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers.  The NINDS expects applicant institutions to propose programs that will lead to an improvement in the professional development, mentoring and technical expertise of individuals who are nationally underrepresented in neuroscience research across career stages.

Program Participants
Program PI
Program Faculty
Research Education Program
Other

Program Participants

  • Who qualifies as diverse/underrepresented?
  • – NIH policy identifies the following groups as underrepresented in biomedical research:
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
    • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (applicable to programs focused on undergraduate candidates)
  • Can I include undergraduate students in my program?
    Yes, an undergraduate program is allowed. However, it must differ from just a summer research experience, as there is another R25 FOA for such a program (PAR-15-184). For example, year-round research opportunities and summer internships with incorporated professional development to facilitate transition into graduate school would be appropriate.
  • Can I include high school students?

The inclusion of high school students is outside the scope of this FOA. Programs can be targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

  • Can the program span multiple career stages?
    Yes, you can design a program with trainees from, at most, two career stages (i.e. undergraduate and graduate; graduate and postdoc; or postdoc and junior faculty).
  • Can I include international students/fellows?

All program participants receiving support from the R25 must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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Program PI

  • Can we have multiple PIs?

Yes, however the role of each PI must be clearly delineated. The complementary and integrated expertise of each PI must be described (see FOA).

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Program Faculty

  • If my program involves research experiences, can the research of participating faculty be in other neuroscience areas not covered by NINDS?

The majority of the scientific research experiences must be specifically relevant to the NINDS mission and not just broad-based neuroscience. Researchers may be funded by other NIH institutes or private foundations as long as the research and training program proposed is NINDS-mission relevant. Contact the office with questions.

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Research Education Program

  • Can I partner with other institutions?

Yes. If collaborations or partnerships are proposed, provide detailed information of an integrated plan across the partnering institutions to improve academic and research competitiveness for the participants. The plan must be logistically sound.

  • Do I need an Evaluation Plan?

Yes, a thorough plan for program evaluation must be provided.

  • How large should my pool of trainees be?

The size of the pool must be appropriate to the environment and resources available. Strong institutional support must be documented (see FOA).

  • What if there are similar NIH-funded programs in my institution?

The proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving federal support. When research training programs are ongoing in the same department, the applicant organization should clearly distinguish between the activities in the proposed research education program and the research training supported by the training program.

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Other

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