R-25 Training Grant in NHLBI-Focused Research for Minority Students

The R-25 grant is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health. This resource funds stipend support for a limited number of minority undergraduate students and medical students from UT Southwestern Medical Center and other institutions to conduct research at UT Southwestern in areas of interest to the NHLBI as part of the Summer Research Program. These areas include research to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases.

Applicants are chosen based on their academic credentials and the areas of research interest proposed. To apply, fill out the appropriate Summer Research Program application (for medical students) or the UT–SUMR application (for undergraduates).

The Summer Research Program partners students with outstanding research mentors exploring research topics of interest to the NHLBI. Although mentored research is the centerpiece of the program, specific lectures and curriculum elements are structured to deepen the training and knowledge bases of participants.

Ideally, undergraduate participants will return for at least two successive years, engaging in research with the same mentor prior to matriculation into medical school.

Eligible Candidates

  • Undergraduates and medical students eligible for support include underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The objective espoused by the NIH is to increase the participation of individuals from these groups in the U.S. biomedical research workforce.

Program Features

  • Research may be in clinical, translational, or basic science areas, but must be focused in areas of NHLBI interest (cardiovascular disease, blood disorders, pulmonary disease).
  • Didactic course work is presented to develop the fund of knowledge pertaining to the conduct of research by participating students.
  • The mentor and research group will be selected by the program directors after discussions with chosen students based on review of their application materials
  • Housing is available for some undergraduate participants.