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Funding Opportunity: Helping to Accelerate Research Potential (RFA-DK-22-002)

The NIH Research Education Cooperative Agreements Program (UE5) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this Helping to Accelerate Research Potential (HARP) UE5 program is to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. The main objective of the HARP UE5 program is to provide opportunities and mentorship for current NIDDK grantees, especially postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds, to enhance their skills in areas that are critical for establishing and maintaining successful independent academic research careers.

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Mentoring Activities

The HARP UE5 program aims to develop a network of mentors and scholars, with the expectation that scholars will apply for a career stage-appropriate NIH research project grant (e.g., R01 or R01-equivalent grant for junior faculty scholars; K grant for postdoctoral scholars) after their participation in the program. The scholars of the HARP UE5 program will be assigned by NIDDK staff and UE5 recipients will not be responsible for the recruitment of scholars.