FOCUS Program Expectations

Scholars will participate in a year-long program that includes all-expenses paid intensive 2-week and 1-week summer institute and mid-year 2-day meeting at UC San Diego. 

The FOCUS program is part of the PRIDE consortium of several NHLBI-funded Summer Institute Training Programs. In addition to the UC San Diego program requirements, the faculty will participate in a 3-day PRIDE Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. and actively engage with a mentoring team via on-site and conference call meetings.

Program Timeline

​Time Required
​Summer Institute I at UC San Diego
​2 weeks
​Structured curriculum with training in grant writing, professional development, mentorship, building mentoring teams, cardiovascular sciences seminars, and instruction in methodologies and research project development
​Mid-year meeting (between Summer Institutes) at UC San Diego
​2 days
​Intensive work on grant preparation, research proposals, and research and career development plans with mentors and fellow scholars
​PRIDE Annual Meeting in Washington DC
​3 days

​Scientific and networking meeting where mentees, mentors, principal investigators, and the NHLBI staff gather to engage in hands-on research skill building activities and to form collaborations across the different PRIDE programs
​Mentor conference calls

​1 hour/month

​Work with mentors on RCAP, small research project proposal and an NIH or equivalent grant proposal
Summer Institute II at UC San Diego
​1 week
​Grant review in a NIH styled mock study section, leadership training, methodologies and on-site mentoring and research project development