Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID)  
The Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID) is an all-expense-paid research career advancing opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) through a variety of Summer Institutes. These mentored research programs will address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating through the academic ranks. The desired outcome is to improve the recruitment and retention of faculty from disabled and underrepresented minority groups in the study of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
Junior faculty and scientists (i) from minority population groups that are under-represented in the sciences and/or (ii) with disabilities. Individuals in training status at the time of matriculation are not eligible.
Broaden the demographic profile of medical research by training junior scientists from underrepresented minority backgrounds and/or with disabilities to advance their scientific careers and be more competitive with their peers for external research funding.
The all-expense-paid program brings participants to the University for 1 to 3-week sessions during two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit.

SIPID provides mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests. The mentors will be experienced in research and grant writing and will offer long-term collaborations. The didactic curriculums involve faculty and mentors from multiple disciplines with various levels of hands-on training. Special emphasis is placed on developing grantsmanship skills, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability. NHLBI scientific program staff will provide a grants workshop to assist mentees with project focus and to identify viable funding sources to promote a sustainable independent research program for career advancement .

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For the summer of 2009, SIPID mentoring will be available at three dynamic programs in exciting clinical and basic research areas. See details under "Summer Institutes" on sidebar.