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Biomedical / Biobehavioral Research Administrator Development (BRAD) Program

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Formerly the Extramural Associates (EA) Program

The BRAD Program integrates the domestic Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) and the International Extramural Associates Development Award (IEARDA) programs. BRAD is designed to:

  • Facilitate the development of a cadre of leaders in research administration at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and at emerging research institutions (ERIs);
  • Promote the development and implementation of strategies for strengthening operations and increasing the productivity of newly established or existing Offices of Sponsored Projects (OSPs) or similar units; and
  • Facilitate the development of a supportive research environment at PUIs and ERIs with diverse student enrollments—such institutions play a prominent role in the undergraduate education of the next generation of young scientists who will increase the diversity of the scientific workforce.

BRAD Program Objectives

The program aims to:

  • Encourage and support the continuous professional development of directors of OSPs, research administrators, and grants managers at all levels.
  • Increase the effectiveness and productivity of OSPs by promoting the use of best practices in research administration in the following areas:
    • Consistency of customer service;
    • Development, implementation, and maintenance of efficient pre-award processes that address and eliminate internal barriers to research;
    • Development, implementation, and maintenance of post-award processes that facilitate financial accountability; and
    • Development and implementation of processes that ensure compliance with Federal, state, and institutional regulations (e.g., human subject and animal care policies).
  • Promote OSP sustainability by identifying and addressing barriers to research and by supporting faculty professional development programs with a focus on increasing competiveness in obtaining external research support.

Who is eligible for the BRAD program?

Support through the BRAD program (G11) is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Domestic PUIs, including Women’s Colleges and ERIs, with diverse student enrollments, that receive research grants and/or cooperative agreements from the NIH totaling not more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in each of 4 or more of the last 7 years.
  • Foreign institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Latin America (e.g., low income, lower middle income, and upper middle income countries only) that have:
    • At least three (3) NIH awards/subcontracts, and
    • The required electronic connectivity and Internet access for NIH electronic grant submission and post-award administration

To learn more about the BRAD Program, visit the program announcement:

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012

Contact Information

Name: Dr Regina Smith James
Medical Officer
Office of Health Equity
Phone: 301-435-2692
Fax: 301-480-0393

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