Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, Epidemiology (CVD-CGE)

PRIDE CVD-CGE is a one-year, all-expense-paid program for junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks. 

The PRIDE CVD-CGE Program is now accepting pre-applications. Those interested in participating must complete the pre-application before reaching the application stage. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

COHORT 11 APPLication period: Pre-Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
cohort 11 Program period: Summer 2024- summer 2025

Research education

Fundamental training in CVD-CGE and other crosscutting topics relevant to HLBS disorders

Receive mentoring

Each mentee is teamed up with mentors from PRIDE and their home institution

Funding opportunities

Participants have the opportunity to receive funding for small research projects


The Program for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, Epidemiology (CVD-CGE) was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics and epidemiology, implementation science, data science, and global health, and to integrate these skills with the mentee’s substantive research interests in CVD and Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) research.


PRIDE: Program for Inclusion and Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research

CVD-CGE: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Comorbidities, Genetics, and Epidemiology (CGE)

HLBS: Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep

SRP: Small Research Projects

The primary objective of this program is to provide research education experiences that enable junior faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see NOT-OD-20-031), to further develop their research skills and knowledge to become competitive NIH grants applicants and scientists.

Mentees will access the vast resources and the rich research and training environments in the labs of PRIDE mentors. Mentees will have opportunities for networking, peer mentoring, and new collaborations through overlap of successive cohorts. Additionally, mentees have an opportunity to obtain seed funding for generating pilot data.


An ideal candidate is highly motivated to pursue independent research in one of the HLBS or crosscutting methodological areas and willing to make a serious commitment of time and effort for achieving that goal.

Individuals from groups listed in NOT-OD-20-031 are highly encouraged to submit applications.

Participants must:

  • Be a research-oriented junior-level faculty member holding a doctoral degree, such as a PhD, MD, DO, DVM or transitioning* post-doctorate trainee
    • If you have been awarded grants such as an R01, you are not be considered junior-level faculty. If you have been awarded these grants, you still can be considered junior.  
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Have a research focus that is centered on heart, lung, blood, or sleep disorders; health disparities relevant to heart, lung, blood, or sleep disorders; or relevant research methodologies and approaches specific to these areas including implementation science. 
  • Have career tracking for up to ten years after training is completed 
  • Not have attended a previous PRIDE/SIPID cohort 

Visit the PRIDE application process page to learn more and complete the pre-application. Upon completion, if you meet the eligibility criteria for PRIDE participation, you will be asked to complete a full application form.

*Transitioning means that you have or will have received a formal faculty appointment by the time the Summer Institute Program convenes and no longer be supported on a training grant. 


Mentees are expected to participate in the following:

  • Summer session 1
  • A two-day, mid-year meeting, reviewing overall progress—including small research project progress, mentee presentation, and grant review process
  • The PRIDE annual meeting of all PRIDE sites & National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute staff in the Washington, DC area
  • Summer session 2
  • Monthly Zoom meetings
  • Development and completion of a Small Research Project (SRP)
    • Ideally, mentees will have their draft SRP application completed prior to starting the first summer session
    • Develop competitive grant applications for pilot funding upon entering the program
    • Applications for one-year small research project funding are due within 30 days of the end of summer session 1
    • SRP to be completed within one year of funding

PRIDE consists of four components:

Component 1

First summer session consists of:

  • Survey lectures such as primers in biostatistics and epidemiology, genetics and genome-wide association studies, implementation science, and data science
  • Workshops on a variety of topics covering CVD comorbidities research
  • Special lectures devoted to unique issues and challenges faced by researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in conducting research and obtaining research funding
  • Group brainstorming sessions held daily during summer one and summer two where mentees and mentors gather to review mentee emerging research/grant ideas, identify knowledge gaps, and provide constructive critiques
  • Grant writing skills and lectures
Component 2

Year-long mentoring and career development throughout first year, including preparation of an SRP, involves:

  • Extensive networking activities between the mentees and the mentors through phone calls, online meetings, and e-mails
  • Reviewing the current CVD and comorbidities literature to identify critical research gaps and refine individual research interests, publication activities, and developing an SRP application to address gaps
  • Continued planning of an external research project and grant application based on the SRP (if funded)
  • Mid-year meeting reviewing overall progress including SRP progress, mentee presentation, and grant review process
  • 2-3 day Annual Workshop-Conference with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI staff in the Washington, DC area
Component 3

Training during the second summer consists of:

  • Progress report on SRP (if funded)
  • Emphasis on continuous progress with external grant applications (K and/or R)
  • Mock study sessions
  • Lectures on additional skill development and continuing discussion of responsible conduct of research
Component 4

Execution of SRPs with continued extensive mentoring and follow-up activities with regular evaluations and tracking.

Program Duration

Cohort 11 (summer 2024- summer 2025)

  • Summer 1 (Dates and times subject to change)
    • June 21-27, 2024, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CT | Virtual
    • July 14 -20, 2024 | In person
    • July 22, 24 & 26 and August 5, 7, 8 & 9, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. CT | Virtual
  • Meetings
    • Mid-year Meeting 2025 (February/March)
    • Annual Meeting 2025 (April/May)
  • Summer 2
    • Summer 2025 (Dates to be determined)


Victor DávilaRomán, MD
Program Director and MPI

D.C. Rao, PhD
Program Co-Director and MPI

Lisa de las Fuentes, MD
Program Co-Director and MPI

Linda Schreier
Program Administrator