The Programs to Increase 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). This Summer Institute initiative addresses the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks. The primary outcome of this program is to increase the number of scientists and research-oriented faculty who are from backgrounds currently under-represented in the biomedical sciences and those with disabilities, by preparing them to successfully compete for external funding for scientific research in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders. 

The PRIDE summer institutes provide:

  • Summer training for up to 3 weeks during each of two consecutive summers
  • 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 Summer Institute 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