PRIDE - Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders


  • 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 disabilities or backgrounds that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent 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 , translational and clinical 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 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.
  • Teaching practical approaches to design and conduct translational clinical research.
  • Mentors/Mentees teams will be established based on common research interests to develop specific research projects and long-term collaborations.
  • Provide opportunity for Mentees to compete for Small Research Project pilot funding to support future extramural grant applications.

  • Teach scientific writing skills to improve success of peer-reviewed publications.
  • 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 nine funded PRIDE programs and NIH staff to promote networking, share research ideas and build collaborations.


The PRIDE program is funded by NHLBI from 2019-2023. Three cohorts of mentees will be recruited to each institute. The next PRIDE-FTG Summer Institute will be held virtually from July 11-26, 2022.


Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Health Sciences Campus, CN-4113
 Natasha Alford, MBA