In the Summer of 2007, the Summer Institute Programs to Increase Diversity (SIPID) was initiated and its first training sessions were held. SIPID was a mentored, research career advancement opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The programs addressed the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating through the academic ranks.

The primary outcome of these mentored research programs was to increase the numbers of Scientists and research-oriented Faculty, from ethnic groups currently underrepresented in science or those with disabilities or from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, who successfully compete for external funding to carry out scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences of heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.

This unique, all-expenses-paid program brought participants to a Summer Institute for a 1-3-week session during two consecutive summers, with a short, mid-year visit between the two summers. SIPID provided Mentor-Mentee partnerships, with matching based on common research interests. The Faculty and Mentors were experienced in research and grant-writing and offered long-term collaborations to SIPID trainees. Training included didactic curricula with various levels of hands-on training. Special emphasis was placed on grantsmanship skills and one-on-one mentoring to develop research projects and improve long-term fundability.

The three programs originally funded under SIPID were:

  • Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Functional Genomics of Blood Disorders
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • Cardiovascular Health Disparities
    State University of New York

Funding for the SIPID program covered 3 Cohorts ending in the summer of 2010, but a new initiative, the Programs to Increase Diversity in Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), continues, and expands on, these Summer Institute programs. The goals and structure for PRIDE are similar to those of its SIPID predecessor.

There were six NIH-funded PRIDE Summer Institutes during the first grant:

The first Cohort of PRIDE trainees began during the summer of 2011, and completed their training in 2012.  The second Cohort began during the summer of 2012, and  completed their training in 2013.  The number of PRIDE trainees increased from Cohort 1 to Cohort 2 by 10%.

During the summer of 2013, the third Cohort of PRIDE trainees completed their first Summer Institute Training Session. Application numbers for the 2013 Cohort 3 PRIDE Programs were the highest we’d had yet, as were the number of Matriculates. The six PRIDE Programs accepted 31% more candidates for this third Cohort than the previous one. As the Mentees of Cohort 3 continued with their Mid-year meetings and worked towards their ultimate goal of grant submission, we had to another successful year in PRIDE.  All six sites held 3-Cohort reunions as they wrapped up the initial round of PRIDE.

In all, the PRIDE Programs mentored and trained over 150 Mentees during the first round. The resulting grant work and publications from the PRIDE Alumni is very impressive!

The PRIDE Coordination Core was responsible for aiding in recruitment and processing applications for the 6 original PRIDE Program sites during the first segment of PRIDE, as well as collecting career information on Mentees, organizing meetings / webinars / conferences, and arranging correspondence between sites.

These responsibilities continue for the second round of PRIDE, while tracking the career development of the Alumni from the 6 original sites. The PRIDE CC will address the needs of the Program Directors, Staff and Mentees of 7 current sites:

We began accepting applications for Cohort 4 during December of 2014. We matriculated 72 scholars for the 2015 Summer Institute. We anticipate a large turnout of applicants for the 2016 Summer Institute who will make up Cohort 5, and an extension of the growth we have seen in prior years. We look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence established previously in mentoring motivated and dedicated PRIDE trainees.


PRIDE Coordination Core
Washington University in St. Louis
Division of Biostatistics
660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8067
St. Louis, MO 63110

Email: PRIDECC@wubios.wustl.edu





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