Limited Submission: NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (T37)

01/30/2013, 5:00 PM

To: All Faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing


Below please find a limited submission opportunity with only one proposal allowed per institution. If you are interested in applying to this program please email me by January 30, 2013.


NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (T37)

Program Description:

The overall goal of the MHIRT program is to provide short-term global research training opportunities for qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students in the life, physical, or social sciences; or medical students, dental students, or students in other health-professional programs who have not yet received terminal degrees, and who are from ethnic and racial minority and other populations underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research.

Specific objectives of the MHIRT program include the following:

  • encouraging undergraduate, graduate and/or health professions students from  underrepresented populations  to pursue careers in biomedical and/or behavioral health research fields;
  • broadening the research efforts and scientific training of undergraduate, graduate, and/or health professions students from underrepresented populations to encompass international health issues; and
  • assisting undergraduate, graduate and/or health professions students from underrepresented populations to participate in U.S. and international faculty collaborative research initiatives that address minority health or health disparities in the United States and globally.

The training program must be in the basic, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral and social research aspects of the health-related sciences, and should be of sufficient depth to enable selected trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of research. The proposed institutional research training program may complement other ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but the proposed research training experiences must be distinct from those research training programs currently receiving Federal support.

Programmatic Approach

MHIRT programs are expected to accommodate at least eight to ten students per year as the annual budget allows. The training should occur in a single session anticipated to be 10 to 12 weeks in duration during the summer or for one semester during an academic year. MHIRT programs may accept applications from qualified students from non-grantee institutions as well as from the grantee institution to expand access to a diverse talent pool.  At least 75 percent of a grantee's MHIRT trainees must be undergraduate students.  Post-baccalaureates accepted into graduate programs are eligible to participate in the summer after graduation, prior to their initiation of graduate studies. Post-baccalaureates are considered graduate students for the purposes of percent allocation of trainees.

Applicants must provide a description of the proposed program that incorporates the elements listed below and include projected timelines for the program, expected outcome(s), and methodology for the assessment of the effectiveness of the training. Trainees may be involved in primary data collection and/or secondary data analysis. However, all research activities must be in the service of training. Trainees cannot be assigned routine clinical or laboratory work that is not directly in support of their training.

Required activities:

  • Training MHIRT trainees in experimental research design, procedures for analyzing and interpreting data, the use of current scientific literature and analytical methods, and the responsible conduct of research. The training experience must include trainee activities conducted at the foreign site.
  • Familiarizing MHIRT trainees with the scientific literature associated with their individual research projects.
  • Addressing cultural, linguistic and ethical appropriateness and related issues affecting professionals who are engaged in scientific, public health and/or other research focused on minority health and health disparities at the foreign site.
  • Ensuring academic and/or professional forums for written and oral presentations by MHIRT trainees of their scientific research experience and results.
  • Mentoring MHIRT trainees to promote their retention in their current academic degree programs and pursuit of advanced degrees in biomedical or behavioral health fields.

Sponsor Deadlines:
Letter of Intent – February 20, 2013
Full Proposal – March 20, 2013