BLaST

BLaST Travel Awards Request for Proposals

I. BACKGROUND

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites proposals for BLaST Travel Awards. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska.

BLaST is funded by the NIH, and the NIH encourages institutions to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as: 1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis [Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders]; 2) individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as (a) individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds periodically published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml and (b) individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. For a complete description of the NIH’s Interest in Diversity see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html

II. ELIGIBILITY

Current Ilisagvik College, UAS, or UAF students, staff, and faculty from anywhere in Alaska, from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, are invited to apply. To be eligible for a BLaST Travel Award, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time.

III. AWARD AMOUNT

BLaST Travel Awards cover travel expenses and registration fees to about $2000. Award amounts will vary.

IV. PROPOSAL FORMAT AND SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Application Instructions: BLaST Travel Award Application Instructions

Applications are accepted any time throughout the year, however, applications must be submitted 4 weeks prior to planned domestic travel and 8 weeks prior to planned international travel. Applications received less than 4 weeks prior to planned travel will not be considered.

Application: BLaST Travel Award Application

V. REVIEW PROCEDURES

The BLaST Advisory Committee will review travel proposals. Funding priority will be assigned to travel that directly enhances undergraduate student training opportunities in biomedical research with a special emphasis on students from/in rural Alaska and health-related issues germane to the concerns of rural Alaskans.  Proposals will be evaluated based: 1) purpose of travel (with preference for travel to mentoring workshops with a focus on undergraduate mentoring in research or travel to present undergraduate research at conferences); 2) biomedical or One Health relevance of the proposed travel; 3) potential of the proposed travel to build capacity for, or enhance, undergraduate research training; 4) written quality of the proposal. 

Evaluation: BLaST Travel Award Evaluation

VI. AWARD CONDITIONS

Awardees are expected to be active members of the BLaST learning community and must cooperate with BLaST staff to facilitate compliance with all the participant reporting and evaluation requirements of the NIH.  Please use the following link to report information regarding your BLaST travel activities within 14 days after travel completion.

BLaST GY4 Travel Report form here.