PIDS Partners with the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) on Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)

A New Research Funding Opportunity for Fellows and Junior Faculty

Program Overview
Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID) Research Grants target early career scholars (fellows and junior faculty) who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, and who are committed to a career in academic general pediatrics.

This initiative began in 2012 funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and continues to receive support through this mechanism, providing mentorship and research opportunities to young scholars with specific interests in pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease, in addition to other NIDDK research areas (R25DK096944). PIDS is pleased to announce the partnership with APA for the 2022 RAPID funding cycle to support young scholars dedicated to the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children.

As part of this program, RAPID-PIDS Scholars will:
(1) Complete a 1-year research project
(2) Receive mentoring and networking during the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting (at a minimum, RAPID-focused events)
(3) Attend RAPID’s Annual Mentoring and Career Development Conference in March 2023
(4) Be matched with a national advisor who will provide ongoing support to the Scholar on their research, and onward
(5) Participate in: monthly conference calls to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations
(6) Participate in and complete program evaluations

Funds will be available to support up to $15,000 per selected Scholar to complete a one-year research project, receive mentoring by senior expert investigators, and attend PAS 2022 as well as the 2023 RAPID Conference.

The application portals for the 2022 RAPID small research grants and the 2022 Career Development Conference are now open. The deadline for Initial Proposals is 9 am ET on Friday, October 1, 2021.

How to Apply
(1) Talk with your local mentors about your research ideas – Proposals to the RAPID-PIDS funding path must address the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children.
Please ensure that both the applicant and the chosen mentor(s) are current members of the Academic Pediatric Association and/or the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, depending on the selected funding path.
(2) Click here to download the Initial Proposal Checklist. Review the Application Process for other details.
(3) Stay tuned to the APA and PIDS websites for updates on information sessions and application deadlines.

Please take care in reviewing the following steps before submitting an Initial Proposal:

  • Select your Funding Path: NIDDK or PIDS
  • Ensure you are within the eligibility requirements for a RAPID Scholar
  • Confirm that both you and your chosen mentors are current members of the Academic Pediatric Association (for NIDDK Funding Path) and/or the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (for PIDS Funding Path)

The RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC) will review initial submissions and select Principal Investigators (PIs) who will be invited to submit full proposals.

Incomplete submissions and application materials that exceed the requested page limits will NOT be considered for review.

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