What is the RIMI Program?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) in 1993.  The mission of the NCMHD is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.  In this effort, NCMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities.

In 2002, the NCMHD assumed responsibility for the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions Program (RIMI).  The RIMI Program focuses on building research capacity in predominantly minority-serving academic institutions.  The RIMI Grant Program focuses on three major program areas: 1) building institutional research infrastructure; 2) strengthening faculty research and the capacity for research training; and 3) preparing students for careers in research.

What are the Benedict College RIMI Program Goals?

The goals of the RIMI project at Benedict College are to enhance the biomedical research infrastructure and opportunity for student involvement in biomedical research.  The project focuses on the following five objectives at Benedict College:

  • To increase the community of biomedical researchers
  • To increase extramural funding for biomedical research
  • To increase research productivity of biomedical researchers
  • To increase the amount of students graduating with science as a major
  • To increase the rate at which graduating students pursue research in biomedical science and continue to have research careers