The Programs for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). These programs are designed to provide research education experiences that enable junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see e.g., NOT-OD-20-031), to further develop their research skills and knowledge to become competitive NIH grants applicants and scientists.

The PRIDE institutes provide:

  • Summer training for up to 3 weeks during each of two consecutive summers
  • A 2-3 day mid year meeting to be held between the first and second summer sessions
  • A 3-4 day annual conference  to be held between the first and second summer sessions
  • Mentor-mentee partnerships, with mentors who are experienced scientists from multiple disciplines and strong expertise in grant writing who offer long-term collaborations
  • Grantsmanship skills training, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability
  • Opportunity to compete for Small Research Project (SRPs) for pilot funds to generate preliminary data for developing NHLBI grant applications. Applications due shortly after first summer
  • Interaction with NHLBI scientific program staff in grants-focused technical assistance workshops and periodic one-on-one consults to assist in focusing projects and identifying appropriate funding pathways
  • Annual scientific and networking meeting where mentees, mentors, principal investigators, and the NHLBI staff gather to engage in hands-on research skill building activities and to form collaborations across the different PRIDE programs
  • Career tracking for up to ten years after training is completed

The PRIDE is a consortium of several NHLBI-funded Training Programs. While each program has a unique, specialized research focus (see Our Programs), each has the common goal of increasing the diversity among individuals who are engaged in health-related research.

Eligibility Criteria. Eligible participants must have a doctorate degree (e.g., MD or PhD), a junior-level faculty appointment, be a US Citizen or Permanent US resident, and have a background that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences or have a disability.

 Contact PRIDE: BIOSTAT-pridecc@email.wustl.edu