Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)

Program Overview

RAPID targets applicants who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

The program, which includes both a research project and career and leadership development activities, consists of:

  1. Small research grants in NIDDK mission areas: pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease
  2. Pairing of the RAPID scholar with a national mentor who is an accomplished senior investigator and seasoned mentor
  3. In-person mentoring and networking at a breakfast during the annual PAS meeting
  4. An educational symposium on career and leadership development and academic success
  5. RAPID scholar telephone conference calls every 2 months to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations

RAPID is funded by a 5-year award (R25DK096944) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The program awards up to $15,000 per selected research project. Please note: This program is not accepting applications for the 2018 cycle. Check back for future funding opportunities!

RAPID Qualifications

The principal investigator of any submitted LOI must be members of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Applicants must also be members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  1. Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training
  2. Fellows who will be in their final year of fellowship during their RAPID cycle.

Questions concerning eligibility may be sent to APA staff at

RAPID Research Requirements

Submitted proposals must address the following NIDDK mission areas:

  • Pediatric obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Sickle cell disease

This is a one-time award. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential to lead to projects of a larger or longer-term nature.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to RAPID, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding track.

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