NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12) Solicitation

Program Summary 

The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s) through research and teaching collaborations.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST July 10, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 19, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (up to 3 pages): Please describe the proposed project, including a description of the project team (partner institutions, involved CU Boulder faculty).
  • PI Biosketch / CV
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

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The IRACDA program involves a consortium of multiple institutions. The lead applicant institution must be a research-intensive institution (RII), and must serve as the primary site of the postdoctoral research. The consortium must include one or more partners that are institutions with a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. The applicant institution must have a strong and high-quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.


Program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program.  Program faculty should also have a record of research training, including successful, former trainees who have established productive careers relevant to the NIH mission.  Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.

Mentors should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed program. Mentors must be committed to continue their involvement throughout the total period of the award. Faculty research mentors at the applicant institution must have active, externally funded research projects relevant to the mission of NIGMS, and track records in mentoring and training students and postdoctoral researchers. The mentors do not receive support for their salaries or fringe benefits from the career development award. Mentors may be added as appropriate to the roster of an ongoing funded IRACDA program without prior NIGMS approval.

Teaching mentors from the partner institution(s) must have a strong record of teaching. They are expected to facilitate the postdoctoral fellows’ adjustment to the academic environment of the partner institution and provide guidance and mentoring on teaching skills as well as teaching-related challenges and opportunities at the partner institution.


Postdoctoral scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the career level for which the planned program is intended. IRACDA scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) to the mentored research and the remaining 3 person-months (25% of full-time professional effort) to the mentored teaching and other mentored and/or didactic experiences, during their appointment on the K12 award.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed and an institution may only hold one IRACDA grant award.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: Applicant budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact a Scientific/ Research Contact at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Award Term: The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.