ENDURE Undergraduate Education

The Blueprint Initiative "Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)" aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

The goal is to provide such individuals with training at the undergraduate level, so that they are prepared to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs.  ENDURE will provide this undergraduate training through partnerships between research-intensive institutions and institutions with a substantial enrollment of neuroscience majors from diverse groups.  This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ENDURE undergraduate training programs will support a range of activities to increase student interest and involvement in the neurosciences, including research experiences, core and advanced neuroscience courses, seminars, and journal clubs.

Program Announcement


Current Awardees
Brooklyn College
Principal Investigator: Dr. Louise Hainline
Partner institution: Medgar Evers College, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Years active: 2020 - present

University of California San Diego
Principle Investigator: Dr. Ashley L. Juavinett
Partner Institutions: Grossmont Community College, MiraCosta College, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College, Southwestern Community College
Years active: 2021

Hunter College, New York 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Glen Schafe
Partner institution: Brown University, New York University, University of Michigan, Yale University
Years active: 2010 - present
University of Nevada, Reno
Principle Investigator: Dr. Mariann Weierich
Partner Institutions: Stanford University; Truckee Meadows Community College
Years active: 2021
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Principal Investigator: Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace
Partner institution: Dillard University, Southern University of New Orleans, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University
Years active: 2020 - present
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jose Garcia-Arraras
Partner institutions: Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Campus, Polytechnic University, Sacred Heart University, Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Cupey and Carolina Campuses
Years active: 2010 - present
Michigan State University
Principal investigator: Dr. Irving Vega
Partner institutions: Ana G. Mendez University, North Carolina Central University, Northern New Mexico College, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, St. Mary’s University (Texas), UPR-Arecibo, UPR-Cayey, UPR-Humacao
Years active: 2015 - present
University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia
Partner institutions: Puget Sound Community Colleges
Years active: 2020 - present
Temple University
Principle Investigator: Dr. Ingrid R. Olson
Partner Institutions: Lincoln University, University of Maryland
Years active: 2021
Washington University in St. Louis
Principal Investigator: Dr. Erik Herzog
Partner institutions: University of Missouri-St. Louis, Harris-Stowe State University
Years active: 2015 - present

Past Awardees

Georgia State University 
Principal investigator:  Dr. Kyle J. Frantz
Partner institutions: Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Spelman College
Years active: 2010 - 2015

Tennessee State University 
Principal investigator: Dr. Kiesa Kelly
Partner institution: Vanderbilt University
Years active: 2015 - 2020

University of Colorado, Denver 
Principal investigator: Dr. Diego Restrepo
Partner institution: New Mexico State University
Years active: 2010 - 2020

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 
Principal investigator: Dr. Alan Frazer
Partner institutions:  University of Texas, San Antonio; Lady of the Lake University; St. Mary’s University; Trinity University; and University of the Incarnate Word
Years active: 2010 - 2015

ENDURE 12th Annual Meeting 2022 Recording

Annual Meeting ENDURE Program Booklets

View archived annual meeting ENDURE Program Booklets

Technical Assistance Webinars for NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative ENDURE

Are you considering applying for the NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative ENDURE Program?

We periodically host webinars where NIH Staff discuss the goals and structure of the ENDURE program, as well as specific parts of the application and guidance on how to put it together.


*UPCOMING EVENT*: NIH Blueprint and BRAIN ENDURE (RFA-NS-24-014) Webinar: Partnership and Collaboration Guidance. August 27, 2024 | 2-3pm ET; Zoom registration required


We hosted a Technical Assistance Webinar on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 2pm ET. Download the webinar slides.


Our first Technical Assistance Webinar was held on on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 3:30p ET. Download the webinar slides(pdf, 831 KB)