FASEB has been awarded a $1.2 million Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH). The funds will continue the support of FASEB’s diversity outreach, professional development, and mentoring activities of the Federation’s Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity and Grants Administration (OSPDGA). The IPERT grant will provide $648,000 a year for two years.
Dr. Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Director of the Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Resource Core Laboratory at The University of Kansas will serve as principal investigator of the grant, together with the IPERT grant’s program director, Ms. Jacquelyn Roberts of FASEB. Dr. Rosa-Molinar and Ms. Roberts are members of the FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Advisory Board and are FASEB society members.
“The IPERT funding will allow FASEB OSPDGA to expand our diversity program outreach and to continue our innovative mentoring and trainee development activities at FASEB member societies’ meetings as well as special short courses and workshops,” said Roberts. “It will help us build upon the accomplishments of the FASEB MARC Program’s successful legacy activities and strengthen our diversity program partnerships in the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network consortium.”
The project is entitled “Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring 2” (DREAM). It includes two specific aims. The first aim is to provide career development and structured mentoring activities for students, postdocs, and early-career scientists at FASEB societies’ national meetings and the ABRCMS conferences. The second aim is to provide opportunities for underrepresented students, postdocs, and early-career scientists to enter the mainstream of the basic sciences community by participating in professional scientific societies’ national meetings and engaging in structured mentoring and training activities specifically designed to support and enhance the participants’ meeting experiences.
FASEB’s new IPERT grant will support several activities over the next two years:
- FASEB DREAM Peer Mentoring and Pre-Conference Preparation Program for Poster/Platform Presenters at selected scientific meetings
- FASEB DREAM outreach/recruitment booths at student-/diversity-focused scientific meetings
- FASEB Diversity Program Partners’ outreach booths on “FASEB Row” at the ABRCMS meeting
- FASEB DREAM Mentored Travel and Meeting Registration Awards for underrepresented students, postdocs and early-career scientists
- FASEB DREAM Trainee Travel Awards for selected FASEB Diversity Program Partners’ short courses
FASEB OSPDGA understands that mentoring students, postdocs, and early-career scientists at scientific meetings is an important aspect of capacity building. The FASEB peer mentoring program, combined with the FASEB scientific meeting travel awards program, has been proven to be an effective structured mentoring model to be used at professional societies’ scientific meetings and conferences. The new IPERT grant will allow FASEB OSPDGA to continue to provide diversity program outreach, career and professional skills development, and access to structured mentoring activities for underrepresented students, postdocs, and early-career scientists who participate in FASEB member societies’ annual meetings and short courses, and in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students conference.