Projects & Programs


INSPIRE: Program Eligibility

The INSPIRE program is open to doctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees, and early career investigators (pre-tenure). Postdoctoral/early career trainees must have received a PhD, MD, DDS or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution at the beginning of their appointment to the INSPIRE program.

Potential trainee candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

(1) are an American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or as an Indigenous person from the US or US territories or North America, including Canada or Mexico (e.g., Yaqui);

OR belong to a socioeconomic or rural background or racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research in accordance with NIH Notice NIH PAS06-447 AND is a member of an Indigenous household, family, or community; AND currently conduct or is committed to conducting research with Native communities;

(2) be in a doctoral program leading to a PhD or equivalent OR have a Ph.D. or M.D. in a field that supports the candidate’s research interests;

(3) intend to develop a program of SAA research with a focus on co-morbid factors such as trauma, mental or physical health with Native communities;

(4) have not previously served as a PI on an NIH RO1 (over $250,000); and

(5) intend to develop and submit a grant proposal for federal extramural funding at the NIH.


  • At least one (1) spot in each cohort will be filled by a training fellow from the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho)