Research and Funding

Funding Opportunities

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)

Funding Number: PAR-08-026
Funding Type: PAR
Release Date: November 16, 2007
Expiration Date: September 8, 2012
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-Purpose. This FOA provides updated guidelines for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program SC1 mechanism for Research Advancement Awards. -Mechanism of Support. The SCORE Program is a developmental program designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and the institutions faculty research capabilities. To better achieve these objectives, three funding opportunities exist for individual investigator-initiated research awards according to their developmental level. The mechanisms used for these funding opportunities are the SC1 (PAR-08-026), SC2 (PAR-08-027) and SC3 (PAR-08-028) awards for individual investigators. Descriptions of the SC2 andSC3 mechanisms may be found at the NIGMS website, This announcement for the SC1 award outlines the investigator-initiated research project for faculty who are at the most advanced formative stages of their research career, i.e., who are engaged in state-of-the-art biomedical or behavioral research and are productive as evidenced by a steady track record of peer-reviewed publications, yet they have not had significant non-SCORE support and are planning to transition to other major external sources of support. It is the expectation of this award that by providing support to conduct competitive research and requiring participation of SC1 Principal Investigators (PI) in grantsmanship workshops and biennial PI meetings, they will be successful in securing non-SCORE external support.