U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bridges to the Baccalaureate
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program will provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of community college students to transfer to and complete a bachelor’s degree in biomedical research fields. This funding opportunity provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. The proposed research training programs should incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees to bridge from the community college and complete the bachelor’s degree in biomedical fields.
This program requires partnerships between two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with four-year colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. Each Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program should provide high-quality training both at the associate’s degree granting institution and the bachelor’s degree-granting institution that equips individuals with the technical (e.g., appropriate methods, technologies, and quantitative/computational approaches), operational (e.g., independent knowledge acquisition, rigorous experimental design, and interpretation of data) and professional (e.g., management, leadership, communication, and teamwork) skills required for careers in the biomedical research workforce. Funded programs are expected to promote inclusive research training environments (i.e., institutional and departmental environments where trainees from all backgrounds feel integrated into and supported by the biomedical research community).
Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Eligibility: Higher Education Institutions:
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
The Bridges to Baccalaureate Research Training Program requires strong partnerships between at least one community college (or two-year college) that offers the associate degree as the highest science degree and a distinct four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution.
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