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Program Requirements

Institutions must have four-year bachelor’s degree programs in one or more STEM fields.

Applications must be from public or private U.S. institutions with a sufficient number of underrepresented students.  At the time of application, the applicant institution must have an active Advanced Honors Program, such as a MARC U-STAR (T34), a RISE (R25), or IMSD (R25) program for undergraduate students, or similar institutional program that supports underrepresented juniors and seniors.

Program Structure: the ESTEEMED program provides research experiences and mentoring at multiple levels for undergraduate students throughout the summer before freshman year to the summer after sophomore year. The program must contain the following three components and act as a feeder program for an Advanced Honors Program, like the NIGMS T34 MARC U-STAR program. Programs will be evaluated based on students’ successful completion of a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. program and entry into a biomedical research career.

  1. Summer Bridge Program: a 5-week (minimum) summer program before the freshman year that emphasizes basic sciences, computation, and science communication Academic year activities: should occur throughout the freshman and sophomore year which continue to emphasize basic science, computation, and science communication. These activities should prepare students for summer research experiences and advanced honors programs. Summer research experiences: an 8-week (minimum) on- or off-campus research experience at the end of the sophomore year which should conclude in an oral presentation and written report of their work.
  2. Academic year activities: should occur throughout the freshman and sophomore year which continue to emphasize basic science, computation, and science communication. These activities should prepare students for summer research experiences and advanced honors programs.
  3. Summer research experiences: an 8-week (minimum) on- or off-campus research experience at the end of the sophomore year which should conclude in an oral presentation and written report of their work.

Linkage to Honors: all three components listed above should prepare students for an Advanced Honors Program. Each student is expected to enter an advanced honors program at the end of the ESTEEMED program.

Yes. Each ESTEEMED program must have all three components.

Application Requirements

No. New programs are welcome to apply.

Yes. Undergraduate Training Tables 2, 3, and 4 need to be filled out for the faculty mentors in the program. For existing institutional programs, Undergraduate Training Tables 5C and 8D need to be filled out for graduates of the program, if any. Undergraduate Training Tables can be found at Instructions for New Undergraduate Training

Yes. Any internally or externally funded honors program that meets the above criteria is acceptable.

Yes. Letters of intent should be submitted no later than April 24th by email to Dr. Zeynep Erim. It would also be helpful to discuss your application with Dr. Erim before you apply.

We request letter of support indicating institutional commitment to the program and letters from the directors of the Summer Bridge Program and Advanced Honors Program. If you are partnering with other institutions, they should also provide a letter of support.

No. The Advanced Honors Program must be in place and described in the application.

No, they are not required but new programs and smaller institutions are strongly encouraged to have such partnerships to maximize research opportunities for participants.

Award Information

Yes, funds can be requested for an Administrative Coordinator(s) and/or Evaluator(s) up to $5,000 annually. Administrative Coordinator(s), Evaluator(s), Manager(s), and/or other similar positions are defined by an individual “designing, directing, and implementing the research education program.” 

No, the $5,000 cap is for the whole program.  The sum of funds requested for all administrators or evaluators of the program must not exceed $5,000 annually.

These are unique expenses that are required by the proposed program.  Items such as supplies and equipment (such as printing paper or computers) generally available at the applicant institution must not be requested. Unique materials and resources that are not available and will only be used for the ESTEEMED program may be allowed at the discretion of the NIBIB Program Official. The total costs under this category per program is recommended to not exceed $20,000 per year.

This will be based on the number of students to be funded by the program and the specific funding model used. A program should not request more than $500,000 per year in direct costs. 

This will depend on the availability of funds and the number of meritorious of applications.

We envision a program will support up to a total of 20 participants in any grant year.

No. As the activities associated with this FOA are considered a regular part of an academician's activities, salary for faculty for the academic year or the summer is not allowed.

The recommended cap for travel for speakers, workshop presenters, etc. is $500 per local speaker and $1,500 per non-local speaker, although this can be adjusted if strong justification is provided based on the uniqueness of speaker expertise, number of days and flight locations.  However, please note that exceptionally strong justification must be provided for travel of a speaker where similar expertise could be identified locally.

Travel for PI is allowed only to attend meetings specifically with the goal of disseminating outcomes of the ESTEEMED program and learn about similar educational programs’ best practices. The recommended cap for travel is $5,000/year for each PI, not to exceed $10,000/year for PI/multi-PI travel for the whole program.