​​​Enhancing the Success of Early Career Infectious Disease Researchers


UC San Diego Raising Advancement and Parity for Infectious Disease Researchers (RAPID) program is only one of two national faculty programs sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The goal of the program is to provide strong mentorship, professional development, and research training to improve the long-term success of early career faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scholars from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce, including women, persons with disabilities, underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Participants will choose one of three research tracks to be mentored and trained: 
  1. Host Pathogens
  2. HIV
  3. Global Health & Neglected Infectious Diseases

Participation in the RAPID Program requires a one-year commitment in program participation with the following tentative timeline:

  • Active participation in the Grant Writing Course: The course will start prior to the Summer Institute I with weekly assignments due in June 2023
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute I held in July 2023 in San Diego, CA
  • Attendance at the in-person Mid-year Meeting in January 2024 in San Diego, CA
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute II in July 2024 in San Diego, CA

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Applications for the 2023-2024 RAPID Program are now closed.