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Types of students
The exposure of students to hands-on research experience is central to the mission of the AREA program. The goals of the AREA program apply only to undergraduate (preferably) and graduate students.
An AREA application may include other investigators, such as foreign or industrial collaborators or consultants, as well as other trainees such as high school students, post baccalaureate participants, postdoctoral fellows, or clinical fellows. However, the involvement of such individuals does not fulfill the goal to expose undergraduate and/or graduate students in eligible environments to research.
If it is not possible to name specific students in the application, in the budget justification, an applicant should identify the number and level (for example, sophomore) of students. An applicant can describe the criteria that will be used to select students. For example, those who have completed particular classes or who are pursuing specific majors.
Did You Know
Undergraduate and graduate students who have performed work on an R15 for at least one person month must be reported on the RPPR and must have a Commons account, even if they were not paid by the R15.
Types of student involvement
AREA grants should provide meaningful, hands on, research experiences to undergraduate and/or graduate students. This can include
- design of experiments and controls,
- collection and analysis of data,
- execution and troubleshooting of experiments,
- presentation at meetings (for undergraduates, this might be at regional or campus meetings),
- drafting journal articles,
- collaborative interactions,
- participation in lab meetings to discuss results and future experiments, etc.
The AREA program is a research grant program, not a training or fellowship program. While students typically participate in non-research activities, the AREA grant should not include a training plan that might include coursework, attending seminars, or developing professional skills.
The 12 page Research Strategy should describe how undergraduate and/or graduate students will be exposed to and supervised conducting hands-on research. It should also describe how students will participate in research activities.
The Research Strategy should communicate how the project will stimulate students interest so that they consider a career in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.