Sponsor:  National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: PAR-13-341
Funding Amount: Up to $250,000 per year
Duration: Up to 5 years


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 07/25/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 09/25/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only one application per institution is allowed.  If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible, and submit a CV and a 2-page pre-proposal following guidelines provided in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

A college/university that has a substantial enrollment of master’s degree students in biomedical/behavioral sciences, but also offers a doctoral program in unrelated disciplines is eligible to apply as a lead applicant institution or participate as a partner institution. However, institutions offering both master’s and doctoral degrees may not form partnerships within their own institution for graduates of their own master’s degree programs to enter their own doctoral programs, even if a student is moving to another department, school, or college. The program seeks to promote and enhance partnerships BETWEEN institutions.

Each proposed Bridges to the Doctorate program must consist of a partnership/consortium composed of at least two institutions, including the lead applicant institution. One must be an institution that offers the master’s degree as the only graduate degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Another institution must be a college or university granting the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Two different scenarios are anticipated for these partnerships: a) one Ph.D.-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more master’s degree institutions, or b) one master’s degree-granting institution as the lead applicant institution partnering with one or more Ph.D.-granting institutions. An eligible applicant or partner institution may participate in more than one Bridges to the Doctorate partnership if such multiple partnerships are strongly justified by the potential to magnify the programs’ and institutions’ outcomes.



Funding Areas

The NIGMS Bridges to the Doctorate Program provides the opportunity to enhance the pool of students from groups underrepresented  in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in these fields, and who are available to participate in NIH-funded research. The program promotes partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree with institutions that grant Ph.D. degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. The Bridges to the Doctorate Program enables joint efforts of master’s degree-granting and doctorate degree-granting institutions that will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the doctorate degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Bridges applications are institutional in nature and therefore they must reflect the plans and priorities of the participating institutions as well as the collective plans and priorities of the partnerships/consortia. Collaborative agreements should be designed to fit the needs and situations of the institutions involved. The challenge for the participating institutions is to create a partnership program, or to enhance an existing program, that will focus attention and adequate resources on the institution(s) granting master’s degrees and so enhance competitiveness of its (their) science graduates and science programs.

The Bridges to Doctorate Program recognizes the heterogeneity of institutional settings and institutional missions. Therefore, each application must provide baseline data on enrollment, transfer and subsequent graduation of its students in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Specific aims must be based on this self-assessment and must be consonant with the Bridges to the Doctorate goals and objective. The program outcome measures and impact on the participating institutions should be presented relative to baseline data.

A new requirement for this FOA is a multiple PD/PI application (See Sections III.1 and IV.2). The rationale for this change is to increase the likelihood of establishing true, equitable partnerships among institutions.