The primary goal of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program has been to enable predominantly minority institutions to become more competitive in obtaining support for the conduct of biomedical and/or behavioral research relevant to the mission of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). To date, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has funded 21 academic institutions. In 1995 NCRR began a two-phase evaluation of the RCMI Program to assess the extent to which the goals and objectives of the Program have been achieved during its first 10 years. The present Phase II study, which was conducted during 1998-1999, incorporated the evaluation design developed in Phase I and focused on the 15 institutions that had received RCMI funding for at least 10 years. As a group, the 15 institutions showed greater improvement in competing for research grants after 10 years of RCMI support than a comparable group of non-RCMI institutions, increasing their average grant funding by 139 percent compared with 56 percent for the comparison institutions. Also, for the group as a whole, correlation analysis indicated that scientific leadership, administrative leadership, and good management and communications systems were the factors most highly related to overall success. Recommendations were provided by the expert advisory panel, which consisted of six distinguished scientists. They recommended NCRR consider converting the RCMI grants to cooperative agreements, thus ensuring that the centers receive the technical assistance they need in order to achieve success.
AGENCY SPONSOR: National Center for Research Resources
FEDERAL CONTACT: Patricia A. Vorndran, 301-435-0866
PIC ID: 5580.1
PERFORMER: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD