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Are you preparing a grant application for the U-RISE or the MARC T34 training programs? If so, please join our webinar to learn about the programs and application components.
The goal of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) research training
program is to develop a
diverse pool of undergraduates
who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete
biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or
M.D./Ph.D.). 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)
MARC 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
biomedical research enterprise. This program is limited to applications from
baccalaureate degree-granting research-intensive institutions (i.e.,
those with an average of NIH Research Project Grant (RPG) funding
greater than or equal to $7.5 million Total Costs over the last 3 fiscal
years). RPG data are available through
NIH RePORTER (see additional guidance here [PDF]). Only one MARC application per institution is allowed.
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, research-focused higher degree program (e.g., Ph.D.
All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time as
specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies.
Trainees are typically provided full-time support for two to three years of
undergraduate studies. Use of training grant support in the final three years
of undergraduate research training is strongly encouraged to allow for the
participation in research, training, mentoring, professional development, and
cohort-building activities that will prepare the trainees to successfully
transition into a biomedical, research-focused higher degree program.
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.
When submitting an application, it's important to follow all
avoid issues that lead to noncompliance and withdrawal prior to
review. 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.
Potential applicants for MARC should contact either
Dr. Lameese Akacem or
Dr. Kalynda Gonzales Stokes.
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