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FAQs about Student Involvement

  • What information should the application include about the plans to include students?

    The application should focus on plans to expose students to hands-on meritorious research and what activities undergraduate and/or graduate students will participate in. The application should also convey how the project will stimulate students’ interest in biomedical or behavioral science.

    Since the R15 is a research grant, not a training or fellowship award, it should not include training or mentoring plans like professional development activities, coursework, seminars, etc.

  • What type of student activities would be considered appropriate involvement in accordance with the AREA mission?

    The AREA program aims to involve students in research a way that is intellectually stimulating, experience-driven, and significant to the research. Students may be involved in participation in the design of experiments and controls, collection and analysis of data, execution and troubleshooting of experiments, presentation at meetings, drafting journal articles, collaborative interactions, participation in lab meetings to discuss results and future experiments, etc.

  • My students have generated preliminary data and helped design experiments. Where can I indicate this in my application?

    You can describe this in the Research Strategy attachment of the Research Plan form. This could include descriptions of how past students have participated in research activities like experimental planning, execution and analysis, how past students have contributed to data generation, and how future students will be involved in similar activities. The Biographical Sketch should specify if peer-reviewed publications or other research products have involved undergraduate and/or graduate students.

FAQs About Review

FAQs about Collaborators

  • Can I collaborate with someone an AREA-ineligible school?

    It is acceptable to have an ineligible collaborator, consultant, or subcontractor. However, as the role of that ineligible collaborator is developed, it is important to keep in mind the goals and unique review criteria of the R15. These criteria include:

    • Availability of research opportunities to students
    • Potential to have a substantial effect on the institution/academic component by strengthening the research environment and exposing students to research
    • The PI’s experience supervising students in research
    • Evidence the project can stimulate the interests of students to consider a career in biomedical/behavioral science.
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