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Brief on the new structure of MBRS-SCORE Program

In the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, NIH was encouraged to increase the number of underrepresented minorities participating in biomedical and behavioral research. In response to the Act, starting in 1996 the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Branch of the Minority Opportunities in Research Division (MORE) of NIGMS offered institutional grants under the Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program. The objective of the SCORE program is to foster the development of faculty at minority serving institutions (MSIs) with more than 50% student enrollment of individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research in order to increase their research competitiveness and promote their transition to non-SCORE external sources of funding. Additionally, SCORE seeks to enhance the institutional research capabilities to facilitate faculty research. These objectives are expected to translate into an increase in the numbers of individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research professionally engaged in these areas of research. SCORE grants are offered to eligible minority-serving institutions.

The revamped SCORE program offers support for individual investigator-initiated research projects of different scope but limited to the NIH mission, to allow faculty at MSIs to conduct high-quality research and to increase their research competitiveness by progressively enhancing the pace and productivity of their projects. It is an expectation of the SCORE Program that the more productive SCORE PIs will transition to non-SCORE sources of external support within a reasonable time period.

The SCORE mechanisms available to individual investigators according to their experience/track record are:

  • Research Advancement Award (SC1) for those investigators who seek to increase their research productivity to be able to compete for non-SCORE support.
  • Pilot Project Award (SC2) for those who are at the beginning stages of a research career and who are interested in testing a new idea and/or generating preliminary data or for more experienced investigators interested in switching to a different field of research.
  • Research Continuance Award (SC3) for those investigators who have been engaged in scholarly research and published and who seek to continue to conduct competitive research of limited scope.

Appendix. Follow instructions in PHS 398.

Additional and more detail information on each SCORE Mechanism can be found at this address:

Receipt, Review and Anticipated Start Dates

Application Receipt Dates Peer Review Dates Council Review Dates Earliest Anticipated Start Date
January 18, 2007 June-July, 2007 September 2007 January 2008
May 18, 2007 October-November 2007 January 2008 April 2008
September 18, 2007 February-March 2008 May 2008 July 2008
January 18, 2008 June July 2008 September 2008 January 2009
May 18, 2008 October-November 2008 January 2009 April 2009
September 18, 2008 February-March 2009 May 2009 July 2009
January 18, 2009 June-July 2009 September 2009 January 2010
May 18, 2009 October-November 2009 January 2010 April 2010
September 18, 2009 February-March 2010 May 2009 July 2009
January 18, 2010 June-July 2010 September 2010 January 2010
May 18, 2010 October-November 2010 January 2011 April 2011

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