Mentees from any of the participating institutions may apply for these grants. They are expected to have either taken the didactic part of the course or be enrolled in it. They need to identify the appropriate mentors for their projects and submit a 5-page proposal that includes a mentoring plan.
The proposals are evaluated for scientific merit using the NIH study section criteria and for relevance to minority populations. We propose to give up to 3 such pilot grants each year. The awardees will be provided a set of guidelines and expectations. They will also be required to provide a summary of their project at the end of the year and present their findings at a national meeting.
It is expected that the preliminary data generated from this proposal will result in the submission of an F, K or R type NIH grant proposal by the Scholar, depending on the stage of their career.