|NIH NRSA Institutional Training Grants
The purpose of the NIH National Research Service Awards is to provide eligible institutions with the means to support individuals, selected by the institution, who are training for careers in specified areas of biomedical and behavioral research. Four pre- and three post-doctoral trainees are supported by the program, with a strong emphasis on recruitment of minorities underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. The NRSA grants provide funds applicable to tuition, fees, health insurance and living expenses to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
In 1975, the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health established the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology program. The sixth 5-year cycle of NRSA-NHLBI support for this training program began on June 1, 2002. The goal of the program continues to be the training of innovative, and effective researchers in the field of CVD epidemiology.
The training program has developed a mix of learning opportunities for trainees, based on the continuous renewal of its research in CVD, an interdisciplinary approach and multi-institutional ties, and the commitment to prepare individuals for careers based on innovative and independent research in the epidemiology of CVD.
Seven areas of emphasis exist at present:
National Meetings: In addition to attendance of one scientific meeting per year supported by the Training Grant, trainees are encouraged, and supported by faculty to submit abstracts to cardiovascular epidemiology meetings (e.g., scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, and the Society of Epidemiologic Research). Provided with this range of data sources and ongoing research, trainees are able to make presentations at national meetings, be exposed to work in progress by other scientists in the field, and make professional contacts.
Research Opportunities: Trainees are encouraged as early as possible to assume lead roles in a research project, with support from their advisors. The program provides a considerable number and diversity of research opportunities to trainees. A list of currently active studies is shown below. Some are studies that have completed data collection and are at the stage of statistical analysis and publication; others maintain ongoing data collection activities in the field (in addition to analyses and publication activities). All are available and open to trainees; see contact persons on reverse.
For more information about the NRSA Institutional Grant, you can contact Nancy Colvin, Department of Epidemiology Registrar.
NIH NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students
Graduate Student Research Assistantships