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 in addition to 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 Pediatric Academic Societies (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.


The principal investigator of each submitted proposal must be a member of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Applicants must also be members of an underrepresented minority (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

Proposals are welcome from those who are:

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

Previous Scholars are not eligible to apply.


This is a one-time award for 1 year. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Submitted proposals should address one of the following NIDDK mission areas:

  • Pediatric obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Sickle cell disease

Preference is given to those proposals that have the potential to lead to projects of a larger and longer term nature.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the RAPID Program, please click here for further instructions.

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