The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is inviting grant applications for mentoring and professional activities to advance the careers and neuroscience development of diverse neuroscience researchers.  The goal of the NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (NDACDRW) is to support mission relevant development and/or implementation of programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented  in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers (participation is limited to graduate, postdoctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels); and (2) facilitate participants’ career advancement/transition to the next step of their neuroscience careers.

The NINDS expects applicant institutions to propose programs that will lead to an improvement in the professional development, mentoring, and/or technical expertise of individuals who are nationally underrepresented in neuroscience research. Examples of programs that are of potential interest to the NINDS include, but are not limited to, programs that target participants from diverse backgrounds, mentors and institutional officials, or health disparities.

NINDS support for the R25 program relies equally on scientific merit and programmatic considerations. Because NINDS will not support projects if they do not fulfill current NINDS programmatic priorities, investigators with creative, innovative ideas for new programs are encouraged to discuss these with NINDS program officials before preparing an application.

Awards will offer up to $250,000 annually for five years.

Because the campus may submit no more than one proposal, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to my office by September 1, 2014 (electronic submission to or@research.uci.edu is preferred), with the following information:

  • Brief proposal (up to three pages),
  • Preliminary budget,
  • Bio-sketches (no more than two pages each) of the primary researchers,
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean).

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary applications and make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research on which proposal should go forward from UCI.  The selected PI(s) will be notified in time to meet NINDS’s letter of intent deadline of December 24, 2014; applications are due January 25, 2015.

For the complete NINDS guidelines, including detailed information about the program, please refer to  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-256.html. Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at greg.ruth@uci.edu or x4-03728.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research