Minority Programs Update - News and resources for MORE program participants

October 27, 2008

Video Message from the MORE Director: The Value of Diversity


Funding Opportunities/Research Administration News


The NIGMS Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) administers research and research training programs aimed at increasing the number of minority biomedical and behavioral scientists. For more information about the Division, see https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/SpecificAreas/Minority (no longer available).

NIGMS is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By supporting basic biomedical research and training nationwide, NIGMS lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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Got MORE news to share? Contact Susan Athey or Jilliene Mitchell at 301-496-7301.

Video Message from the MORE Director: The Value of Diversity

Video Message from the MORE Director: The Value of DiversityWe thought we’d try something new with this issue—a video message from Clifton Poodry, director of the MORE Division. Watch the video and let us know what you think. You can e-mail your comments to Dr. Poodry at poodryc@nigms.nih.gov or phone 301-594-3900.


MORE Alumni Updates: Where Are They Now?

NIGMS has launched a new Web site that highlights successful former MARC and MBRS program participants. “Where Are They Now” features short biographical sketches of these individuals, along with photos and links to their Web sites. We will be adding additional updates from alumni of MORE programs in the months ahead, so send us your recommendations. To view the new site, visit https://publications.nigms.nih.gov/more/wherenow/.

Register Now for the MORE Grant Writing Workshop

NIGMS, in partnership with the University of Kentucky (UK), offers a workshop to assist investigators at minority-serving institutions to improve their grant writing skills. The workshop uses interactive learning modules coupled with online peer and anonymous expert reviews. As an introduction to the modules, participants must attend a 2½ day workshop at UK, after which they return to their home institutions and continue other course components with the expectation that they will generate a competitive grant proposal. The next workshop will be held May 11-13, 2009. There is no deadline to apply, but faculty are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and priority is given to those who will be submitting a proposal to NIH within 6 months of taking the workshop.

Visit Findings Online

September 2008 Findings coverThe September 2008 issue of Findings magazine is available at https://publications.nigms.nih.gov/findings/. The site offers multimedia and interactive features that extend and enrich the content of the printed publication. New with this issue is an opportunity to ask the featured scientists a question related to their research via an online forum.

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Funding Opportunities/Research Administration News

Join the Community for Advanced Graduate Training

NIGMS has Web-based tool to facilitate interactions between MARC U-STAR T34 programs and NIGMS T32 predoctoral training grant programs. The tool, called the Community for Advanced Graduate Training is designed to help MARC students find summer research training opportunities and potential graduate (Ph.D.-level) programs in NIGMS-sponsored T32 programs, which are at research-intensive institutions. The tool is also designed to assist T32 program directors in identifying and recruiting MARC students who may be interested in their institution’s research training programs. For more information about the system, contact Shawn Drew at 301-594-3900.

Electronic Grant Submission Transitioning to Adobe

NIH is in the process of transitioning electronic grant submissions to Adobe-based forms effective January 1, 2009. The new forms will be available in December. The transition schedule is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-117.html and more information about the conversion is at http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/adobe_transition.htm. If you have any general questions about the transition to Adobe-based forms, contact your MORE Program Director.

Upcoming Receipt Dates

October 30—Research on Interventions that Promote Research Careers (R01)

December 5—MARC Predoctoral Fellowships (F31)

December 13—NRSA Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) and Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13, U13)

January 8—MARC Ancillary Training Activities (T36)

January 16—MBRS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (R25)

January 22—Bridges to the Baccalaureate and Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) and Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (R25)

January 25—MBRS Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1), Pilot Project Award (SC2), and Research Continuance Award (SC3)

February 23—MBRS Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (R25)

For more information on these programs, see the MORE Division Web page, https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/SpecificAreas/Minority (no longer available).


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

November 5-8, 2008, in Orlando, FL

Be sure to stop by our exhibit booth (#504) at this year’s ABRCMS meeting to meet MORE staff, pick up NIGMS' latest science education materials, and learn about NIGMS funding opportunities.

NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities

December 16-18, 2008, in National Harbor, MD