STTP Slots for Recruitment of Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds into Biomedical Informatics Careers NOTICE: Funding for this program has been suspended effective July 1, 2013.
NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences workforce. The NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups and: to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.
Beginning in 2007, all NLM Short Term Trainee Position (STTP) slots will be awarded only for recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds. NIH is particularly interested in encouraging the participation of individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis, as well as those individuals from racial and ethnic groups that can be convincingly demonstrated to be underrepresented by the grantee institution; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically, socially, culturally or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds into careers in biomedical Informatics. NLM STTP slots will be awarded on request, when an eligible candidate(s) has been identified. The short-term trainee may be an undergraduate or graduate student, physician or veterinarian with an interest in a biomedical or behavioral science career.
Slots can be requested for individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups: Black or African-American, Native Americans and Alaskan Indians, Hispanic, Hawaiian Native or Pacific Islander, or from groups determined to be underrepresented by the institution.
Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds may come from (1) a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, or (2) a socio-cultural environment (such as found in some rural or inner-city areas) that inhibited their ability to obtain knowledge skills and abilities for a research career. The latter case applies only to high school or undergraduate students.
STTP slots can last up to 3 months and receive the following funds:
For 2012, stipend is 1/4 cost of level 1 from Predoctoral stipend table for undergrad or grad student. For MD/DVM or other doctorally-prepared candidate, the stipend is 1/4 cost of 0 level of the Postdoctoral stipend table. Current stipend levels are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/stipend.html.
Tuition/Education Costs: up to $4,000
8% administrative overhead cost
STTP slots are requested in the annual non-competing renewal application and can be appointed anytime during the training year (July 1 to June 30) in which they are awarded. An individual can receive more than one STTP appointment, but they cannot be used end-to-end to create a longer, continuous training period.
When you appoint an STTP trainee, please send a message to the NLM Program Officer for Extramural Training, Dr. Valerie Florance, firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the trainee's name and whether it is a slot for an individual from underrepresented racial ethnic group, disabilities group, or disadvantaged background. "STTP" trainees should be entered into the xTrain system; paper appointment forms are no longer accepted. http://era.nih.gov/services_for_applicants/other/xTrain.cfm provides information about xTrain.