National Institutes of Health Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate - Student Training in Academic Research

Date Posted:
Deadline for Notice of Intent (NOI):03/05/18
Agency Deadline:05/24/18
Limit on Number of Proposals:One- KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
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The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program is designed to provide structured training programs to prepare high-achieving, underrepresented students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Programmatic activities should include authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and mentoring. Each application should emphasize the significant enrollment of underrepresented students as well as the unique environment and strengths of the institution. The institutional self-assessment should include baseline data regarding the student population, graduation rates, and relevant science programs. Specifically, applicants should provide information regarding STEM enrollments, graduate rates and subsequent completion of Ph.D. or combined M.D.-Ph.D. degrees for all students and for underrepresented students.  The long-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of underrepresented students earning baccalaureate and Ph.D degrees in biomedical research fields and ultimately to contribute to the diversification of the nation's scientific workforce.

Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.  The maximum project period is up to 5 years.  Indirect costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs rather than the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.


Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Notice of Intent Procedure:

If you are interested in submitting to this opportunity, please Click Here * to submit a Notice of Intent form. You will be asked to provide your name and the names of any KU Co-PIs or senior personnel on the project team.

Please submit your NOI form or send an email NOI to, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 05, 2018.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, the respondents will be asked to submit a brief pre-proposal for review by an internal selection committee.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy Biles at or 864-7434.

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Contact:Nancy Biles: 785-864-7434