All-expense-paid Program for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) in cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics, epidemiology, implementation science, global health, data science and bioinformatics for junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks.  Research education and mentoring is provided along with funding opportunities for Small Research Projects (SRP).


Each cohort meets:  Summer session 1, two-day mid-year meeting, PRIDE annual meeting of all PRIDE sites & National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), summer session 2, and monthly Zoom meetings. Competitive applications for one-year SRP funding due within 30 days of end of summer session 1.

Summer 1, Cohort 11:
June 21-27, 2024 (Virtual 10am – 3pm Central Time)
July 14 -20, 2024 (In Person – revised)
7/22, 7/24, 7/26, 8/5, 8/7, & 8/9 (Virtual 10am – 2pm Central Time)
Dates and Times subject to change

Cohort 11: Summer 2: TBD, 2025

Cohort 11: Mid Year Meeting: TBD, 2025

Cohort 11: Annual Meeting, TBD, 2025


Program Director and MPI: Victor Davila-Roman, MD
Program Co-Director and MPI: Lisa de las Fuentes, MD, MS
Program Co-Director and MPI: D.C. Rao, PhD
Program Administrator: Linda Schreier


Apply early! The PRIDE Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), for Inclusion and Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research is now accepting applications. Space is limited for the 2024 cohort.

The primary objective of this all-expense-paid program in CVD-CGE is to provide research education experiences that enable junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see e.g., NOT-OD-20-031), to further develop their research skills and knowledge to become competitive NIH grants applicants and scientists. The goal is to increase diversity in the biomedical research workforce while enabling early career investigators to become competitive independent scientists in heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research.

This program was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics and epidemiology, implementation science, data science, global health, and to integrate these skills with the mentee’s substantive research interests in CVD and HLBS research.

An ideal candidate is highly motivated to pursue independent research in one of the HLBS or crosscutting methodological areas and willing to make a serious commitment of time and effort for achieving that goal. This intensive PRIDE program requires the following:

  1. Active participation in two-week intensive summer training sessions during each of two consecutive summers;
  2. Identification of a local/institutional mentor;
  3. Development of competitive grant applications for pilot funding through Small Research Project (SRP) early upon entering the program; ideally, scholars will have their DRAFT SRP application completed prior to starting the first summer session/institute;
  4. Participation in a 2 day mid-year meeting at Washington University (February/March) and a 2-3 day annual meeting involving all PRIDE programs & NHLBI (April/May); and
  5. Long-term networking with Mentors and peers to advance one’s own research career.

Toward this mission, our objectives include:

  1. To provide fundamental training in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology, including topics related to dissemination and implementation science, global health, data science, and other crosscutting topics relevant to HLBS disorders;
  2. To help mentees apply for the PRIDE Small Research Project (SRP) and independent external research grants by taking full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the participating institutions and mentors;
  3. To advise and provide mentoring to mentees through the 2nd summer session and beyond to include development of an independent scientific program, identifying opportunities for networking, and overall career development.

One of the great strengths of this all-expense-paid program is that the vast resources and the rich research and training environment in the labs of PRIDE mentors will be available to all mentees. We promote networking, peer mentoring and new collaborations through overlap of successive cohorts (both mentees and institutional mentors). Mentees also have an opportunity for obtaining seed funding for generating pilot data. By exposing our mentees to the full breadth and depth of the ongoing research programs and resources at both Washington University and the mentee’s institution, we ensure that our mentees will be fully integrated with the biomedical sciences in a very natural manner. The proposed program consists of four components.

Component 1: First summer session consists of:

  • Survey lectures on Primer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Primer in Genetics and Genome-Wide Association Studies, Primer in Implementation Science, Primer in Data Science, workshops on a variety of topics covering CVD comorbidities research, special lectures devoted to unique issues and challenges faced by researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in conducting research and obtaining research funding· Group brainstorming sessions held daily during SI-1 and SI-2 where mentees and mentors gather to review mentee emerging research/grant ideas, identify knowledge gaps, and provide constructive critiques.
  • Grant writing skills and lectures

Component 2: Year-long mentoring and career development throughout first year, including preparation of an SRP, involves

  • Extensive networking activities between the mentees and the mentors through phone calls, online meetings, and e-mails;
  • Reviewing the current CVD and comorbidities literature to identify critical research gaps and refine individual research interests, publication activities, and developing an SRP application to address the gaps;
  • Continued planning of an external research project and grant application based on the SRP (if funded);
  • Mid-year meeting reviewing overall progress including SRP progress, mentee presentation, and grant review process; and
  • 2-3 day Annual Workshop-Conference with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI staff in the Washington, DC area.

Component 3: Training during the second summer consists of

  • Progress report on SRP if funded;
  • Emphasis on continuous progress with external grant applications (K and /or R);
  • Mock Study Sessions; and
  • Lectures on additional skill development and continuing discussion of responsible conduct of research.

Component 4: Execution of SRPs with continued extensive mentoring and follow-up activities with regular evaluations and tracking.

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Mentors: Each mentee is teamed up with mentors from Washington University and their home institution.

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Linda Schreier, PRIDE Program Administrator