Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)

Program Goal & Structure

The goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program is to provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of community college students to transfer to and complete a bachelor's degree in biomedical research fields. Training grants offset the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses, including health insurance, for the appointed trainees in accordance with the approved NIH support levels. Training grants are usually awarded for five years and are renewable. Full details are found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PAR-19-299.

Institutional Eligibility

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical research training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. The Bridges to Baccalaureate Research Training Program requires strong partnerships between community colleges (or two-year colleges) and four-year baccalaureate degree granting institutions. One partner must be an institution that offers the associate degree as the highest science degree. The other institution must be a college or university granting baccalaureate degrees in disciplines relevant to the biomedical sciences. Two different scenarios are anticipated for these partnerships:

  • One baccalaureate degree granting institution as the applicant institution partnering with one or more associate degree granting institutions, or
  • One associate degree granting institution as the applicant institution partnering with one or more baccalaureate degree granting institutions.

As the partnership between the associate degree granting institution(s) and the baccalaureate degree granting institution(s) is a key component of this program, the application must include a Program Director/Principal Investigator from each participating institution.

An eligible applicant or partner institution may participate in more than one Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program partnership if the multiple partnerships are strongly justified by the potential to magnify the programs' and institutions' outcomes. However, an institution may only be the applicant for a single Bridges to Baccalaureate Research Training Program.

Trainee Eligibility and Participation

The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Trainees should be research-oriented individuals enrolled in a major leading to a baccalaureate degree in a STEM discipline that will prepare the trainee for a biomedical career.

All trainees are required to pursue their training full time, as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Trainees are typically provided full-time support for two years of undergraduate studies, and at least one year of support must be at the two-year institution. .

Information for Applicant Institutions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the FOA (including Related Notices in the Overview Section), Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and consult NIGMS staff to discuss eligibility and application requirements prior to submission. NIGMS does not require applications requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year to contact staff to obtain agreement that the IC will accept the application.

For Bridges to the Baccalaureate grants, potential applicants should contact Dr. Laurie Stepanek or Dr. Shakira Nelson.