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Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged

The PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged) in Health-Related Research, program is a research career advancing training opportunity funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Seven unique PRIDE Institutes were recently funded across the United States. These mentored research programs address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and climbing the academic ranks.

The PRIDE-Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders program at Augusta University (Augusta University-PRIDE) will focus on training young scientists in research related to hemoglobin and red blood cell diseases. Mentees will learn grant writing skills and hand-on bench research skills related to proteomics, molecular and cellular techniques.


  • Junior faculty at accredited institutions with research programs related to blood disorders should apply.
  • The final selection of participants will be based on merit while considering the potential of candidates with backgrounds that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent United States Resident.


  • The primary mission of PRIDE is to encourage scientists and research-oriented faculty from diverse backgrounds to further develop their research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches in basic and applied sciences relevant to heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.


  • NHLBI staff will conduct grant-writing workshops onsite to improve the mentees funding prospects. In addition, the interdisciplinary teaching faculty will deliver didactic lectures on genomic, molecular, cell biology, and proteomic techniques. Participants will also learn bench skills that can be utilized to perform functional and translational genomics approaches related to blood disorders.
  • Mentors/Mentees teams will be established based on common research interests to develop specific research projects and long-term collaborations.
  • The PRIDE training program consists of: 1) Summer Institutes lasting approximately 2-week for two consecutive summers, 2) a mid-year visit to the Mentor's institution, and 3) Annual Workshop in Bethesda, MD attended by mentees and mentors from the seven funded PRIDE programs and NIH staff to promote networking, share research ideas and build collaborations.


The PRIDE program is funded by NHLBI from 2015-2018. Three cohorts of mentees were recruited to each institute. The next Augusta University-PRIDE Summer Institute will be held from July 11-26, 2016.


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