Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)

Program Overview

RAPID targets young junior faculty and senior fellows who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM) or disabled.

The program, which includes a research project, in addition to career and leadership development activities and intensive mentoring, consists of:

  1. Small research grants, with preference for the following NIDDK mission areas: pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease
  2. Pairing of the RAPID Scholar with a national mentor from the RAPID National Advisory Committee, who is an accomplished senior investigator and seasoned mentor
  3. In-person mentoring and networking at the annual RAPID Breakfast during the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting
  4. A two-day educational symposium on career development and academic success
  5. RAPID Scholar telephone conference calls every month, to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations

RAPID is funded by a five-year award (R25DK096944) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The program awards up to $15,000 per selected research project.


The principal investigator and primary mentor of each submitted proposal must be members of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Applicants must also be members of an underrepresented minority (URM) group or disabled.

Proposals are welcome from those who are:

  • Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training.
  • Fellows who will be in their final year of fellowship during their RAPID cycle.

Previous RAPID Scholars or Young Investigator Awardees are not eligible to apply.


This is a one-time award for 1 year. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Submitted proposals should address one of the following NIDDK mission areas:

  • Pediatric obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Sickle cell disease

Proposals must be consistent with the mission of the APA. Preference will be given to projects in NIDDK mission areas, including pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to become a RAPID Scholar, please click here for further instructions.

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