U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bridges to the Doctorate
The Bridges to the Doctorate program will support programs designed to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The program strives to ensure that future generations of researchers will be drawn from the entire pool of talented individuals, bringing different aptitudes, perspectives, interests, and experiences to address complex scientific problems. Bridges to the Doctorate seeks to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by supporting individuals from a variety of backgrounds at multiple training and career stages in a variety of institutions and educational settings across the country.
In spite of recent advances, individuals from certain groups and backgrounds are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences research workforce. The severity of the underrepresentation of these groups increases throughout the training stages. This program is intended to enable the community to develop and implement evidence-based approaches to biomedical research training and mentoring to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Funded programs are expected to provide activities that will build a strong cohort of research-oriented individuals while enhancing the science identity, self-efficacy, and a sense of belonging among the cohort members. Programmatic activities include, but are not limited to, providing authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and additional mentoring – activities proven to increase persistence in STEM fields.
Each Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training program must consist of a strong partnership/consortium composed of at least two institutions: an institution that offers the master’s degree as the only graduate degree in the biomedical sciences, and a research-intensive college or university granting Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Each Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training program should provide high-quality training 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 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, including:
- 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)
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