Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.

Program Highlights

  • 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience
  • Students receive a summer research stipend
  • Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience
  • Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation
  • Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.
  • Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research.

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

NIDDK Short-Term Research Program to Unlock Potential (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP program is expanding its focus and changing its name.

Program Staff held a pre-application webinar to answer questions related to the program changes and new funding opportunity. If you were unable to attend, view the video of the webinar or download the PowerPoint deck (PDF, 1.55 MB)  .

If you are planning on applying to the new funding opportunity, visit the NIH Guide to learn more about RFA-DK-21-023.

NIDDK Staff Contact

Rob Rivers, Ph.D.