The University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez has established a Proposal Development Unit (PDU) as a result of the NIH-EARDA Grant # 1G11HD060438-01 and matching funds provided by the University of Puerto Rico. This EARDA proposal has three long term goals: (1) augment the number of UPRM professors doing research in NIH-related areas, (2) increase the number of proposals – new and resubmissions – submitted to NIH; and (3) strengthen the quality of the proposals being submitted to NIH by UPRM researchers.
In meeting with these goals, after the five-year period of this project, we expect to: (1) increase by 50% the number of UPRM researchers in NIH mission areas, (2) double the number of proposals – new and resubmissions – submitted to NIH, and (3) get at least two R-type proposals approved by NIH. To achieve these goals, five objectives have been defined:
The mission of the EA Program is to facilitate the entry and participation of underrepresented minority and women’s academic institutions and institutions in developing countries into biomedical and behavioral research and research training.
Recruiting and training staff in research administration
Establishing collaborative activities with other institutions of higher learning
Developing research administration curricula
Sponsoring training courses in regulatory compliance, research methodologies, grantsmanship, and scientific writing