All-expense-paid PRIDE Program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, & Epidemiology


Each Cohort meets:  Summer 1, Mid-Year Meeting, PRIDE Annual Meeting of all PRIDE sites & NHLBI, Summer 2, & Monthly Zoom Meetings.  Small Research Project (SRP) Applications are submitted within 30 days of end of Summer 1. If Funded, the SRP Completion timeline is approximately Oct 1-Sept 30.

Cohort 11 (New Cohort – Let me know when applications are available):  Summer 1:  TBA 2024 (Please note a new RFA has come out & waiting on news of new/renewed programs).

Cohort 10:  Summer 2:  July 27-28, 2023

Cohort 10:  Mid Year Meeting:  Jan 31st, Feb 7th, & Feb 9th (Virtual)

Cohort 10:  Annual Meeting, April 24-27, 2023


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


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) PRIDE Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research are now accepting applications.  Space is limited for the 2022 mentored training programs so apply early!

The primary objective of the all-expense-paid program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology (CVD-CGE) is to provide training and mentoring to junior-level faculty and scientists who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and/or who have a disability, so that they can competently and effectively develop independent research programs on the cutting edge of Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) disorders. This initiative to bring underrepresented faculty and scientists into research is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases and health disparities.

This program was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology, 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 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 2-week intensive summer training sessions during each of two consecutive summers;
  2. Development of competitive grant applications for pilot funding through Small Research Project (SRP) early upon entering the program; ideally, scholars will have their DRAFT SRPs prior to starting the first summer institute;
  3. Attending a 2-3 day mid-year meeting at Washington University (held January, Feb, or March) and a 2-3 day annual meeting involving all PRIDE programs & NHLBI (April/May); and
  4. Long-term networking with Mentors 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.
2. To advise and mentor the mentees during the following year in terms of the overall career development and for developing independent research plans dealing with HLBS disorders.
3. To help the 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.

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 the mentors will be available to all mentees including an opportunity for obtaining seed funding for generating pilot data. We believe that, by exposing our mentees to the full breadth and depth of the ongoing research programs and resources at the participating institutions, we are ensuring 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, 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
· Mentor meetings for preparing/refining an SRP and subsequent external grants and career development
· Grant writing skills and lectures

Component 2: Year-long mentoring and career development throughout first year, including a 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, 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
· 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 the progress with external grant applications (K and /or R)
· Mock Study Sessions
· Lectures on additional skill development and continuing discussion of responsible conduct of research

Component 4: Small Research Projects (SRPs) and extensive mentoring and follow-up activities with regular evaluations and tracking


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

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Linda Schreier, PRIDE Program Administrator
Division of Biostatistics