Performance Improvement 2008. What Direction Should the Extramural Associates Research Development Award Program Pursue?


Evaluators assessed implementation and outcomes of the Extramural Associate (EA) Program. The Extramural Associates Research Development Award Program had been established to provide grant support to minority and women educational institutions seeking to increase their involvement in biomedical and behavioral research and research training.

Based on findings from the Web-based survey, interviews with EAs, and the grantee file review, the Program was being implemented as planned. Extramural Associates expressed satisfaction with the grant application process. Less than one-third learned about the program from workshops or communication with the program office and EA program mailings. EAs reported positive experiences and success with implementing activities that addressed many of the goals and objectives. EAs reported supporting pilot research projects, supporting grant writing at their institution, supporting attendance at outside workshops, and supporting administrative assistants in completing a grant application. EAs reported that their institutions, on average, achieved 13 of 18 common EA program goals and many of which could be viewed as intermediate or long-term goals. Qualitative data from site visits and interviews suggested that the barriers to achieving these goals were related to administrative turnover, heavy teaching workloads, and the institution´s primary mission, which focused more on teaching.

Report Title: Report on the Extramural Associates Research Development Award: Program Evaluation. Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor:
NIH, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Federal Contact:
Paul Johnson, Ph.D., 301-402-3213
Performer: National Institutes of Health, (NIH), HHS
PIC ID: 7627

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