Progress on Theme 3: Specialized Research Training in Animal Models and Related Resources

Programs and Activities Highlights

  • Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools
    ORIP participates in the REAP for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools initiative to support small-scale research grants at institutions that do not receive substantial funding from the NIH. The program provides biomedical research experiences primarily for health professional, undergraduate and graduate students and enhances the research environment at applicant institutions. ORIP emphasis is given to colleges of veterinary medicine applications proposing comparative studies of a wide range of biological models to improve their value in translational research.

  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    ORIP participates in the NIH-wide Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research initiative. ORIP/Division of Comparative Medicine Diversity Supplements seek to make significant contributions to the research career development of individuals with disabilities, certain individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and 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. Since 2021, ORIP has supported four awardees—one baccalaureate degree holder, two doctoral students, and one post-doctoral researcher. These ORIP-supported awardees will contribute to diversifying the biomedical research workforce.

  • ORIP Individual Career Development and Institutional Training Awards
    In 2021–2022, ORIP is supporting 32 Individual Training Grants to veterinary students and veterinarians seeking a Ph.D., as well as to graduate veterinarians, to provide them with research experience to become independent biomedical investigators. Additionally, ORIP is supporting 13 Institutional Research Training Grants to train veterinarians for research careers in comparative medicine and 20 Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants to provide short-term research training experiences for veterinary students. 
  • ORIP Supports Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    ORIP accepts applications from highly qualified veterinary students or holders of degrees in veterinary medicine to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce (PA-21-052).
  • ORIP Provides Support for Early-Stage Investigators Using Nonhuman Primate Research Models
    This funding opportunity announcement (PAR-20-258) provides early-stage investigators with support and “protected time” (up to 5 years) for intensive, research-focused career development program activities under the guidance of an experienced mentorship team with expertise in both the preclinical application of nonhuman primate models and in translation of the results from such studies to clinical application. Participating NIH Institutes/Centers/Offices (ICOs) include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (lead ICO), National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and ORIP.

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ORIP-Supported Research Highlights

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Last updated: 06-09-2022