Diversifying the scientific workforce is a priority for the NIH. In the support of this priority, NICHD is continuing to make the BRAD Program available to emerging research institutions (EMIs) and primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), including women's colleges, with diverse student enrollments.
The BRAD Program integrates the long-standing Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) program and the newer International Extramural Associate Research Development Award (IEARDA) program.
Through the BRAD Program, eligible institutions are provided a window of opportunity to establish new Offices of Sponsored Programs (OSPs) or strengthen existing OSPs (or similar entities). Enhanced OSPs in non-research intensive institutions are essential for the development of enabling, supportive environments in which faculty can develop robust research programs and provide research experiences for students. Studies show that the provision of early, intensive research experiences can attract students into academic research careers.
From a programmatic perspective, comprehensive and effective research administration is the bridge to a sustainable research enterprise at ERIs and PUIs. Accordingly, the BRAD Program objectives are to:
*Visit the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) website to confirm that your institution meets the "level of support" eligibility criteria. Institutions that are not included on the "List of Ineligible Institutions" meet the first of two eligibility criteria.
**Visit the Eligible Applicant section of the BRAD Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (Section III, Sub-section 1) for a detailed description of "diverse student enrollment."
The "Program Scope" section in the BRAD Program FOA (Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, Program Overview) lists the areas of emphasis, which may also be described within the context of the three foundational pillars of the BRAD Program:
To learn more about the BRAD Program, visit the program announcement: Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Award [G11].
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