Initiative for Minority Students: Bridges to the Doctoral Degree

This program provides support to institutions to help students make a critical transition in their development as scientists.

Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences; NIH


This program targets students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation and/or populations disproportionately affected by health disparities (targeted groups). Nationally, the targeted groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands, and/or rural Appalachians. Bridges students who receive support in the form of salaries/wages must belong to the targeted groups; must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents; and must be matriculated full-time in biomedical or behavioral science fields in associate degree programs at the participating community college or in master’s degree programs at the participating master’s degree institution in the consortium. It is the responsibility of the applicant institution to establish the qualifications of students prior to their participation in the Bridges program.


Eligible organizations include domestic, private and public institutions of higher education. State and local systems of higher education may also apply. Community colleges and other 2-year post-secondary educational institutions that offer associate degree programs with an emphasis on the biomedical/behavioral sciences and that have a high enrollment, as determined by the applicant institution, of students from targeted groups are eligible to apply for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. The participating bachelor’s degree-granting institutions must have strong science curricula and a track record of enrolling, retaining, and graduating students who pursue advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral research fields. The master’s degree-granting institutions in the Bridges to the Doctorate program must offer a terminal master’s degree in biomedical or behavioral sciences as their highest degree and have a high enrollment, as determined by the applicant institution, of master’s degree-seeking students from targeted groups. The Ph.D. degree-granting institutions must be research institutions that have a significant number of mentors with NIH or other extramural research support and that award the doctoral degree in biomedical or behavioral science fields.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application forms and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) through ( Only the forms package directly attached to the Bridges FOA (PAR-07-411 or PAR-07-410, as applicable) can be used. You will not be able to use any other SF424 (R&R) forms (e.g., sample forms, forms from another FOA) although some of the "Attachment" files may be useable for more than one FOA. Applications may not be submitted in paper format.