Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NCI Youth Enjoy Science (YES) Program (R25)

Notice Number: NOT-CA-16-028

Key Dates
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: July 2016
First Estimated Application Due Date: September 2016
Earliest Estimated Award Date: June 2017
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 2017

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the NCI Youth Enjoy Science (YES) Program as part of the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program. The goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. The primary focus of this initiative is on providing research experiences. Based on the success of the previous NCI Cancer Center Supplements for High School and Undergraduate Student Research Experiences (P30S), this FOA will support efforts to create and maintain an institutional program to engage grade 6-12 and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations in cutting edge cancer research. The proposed institutional programs may also provide research experiences for K-12 teachers and undergraduate faculty members who serve underrepresented student populations. The overall goals are to inspire interest in biomedical sciences, help envision research as a career path, and strengthen practical research and career skills. In alignment with these goals, institutions may develop unique programs that capitalize on their research strengths and are responsive to their target populations.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations, identify program faculty, and create responsive research education programs.

The FOA is expected to be published in the summer of 2016 with an expected application due date in the fall of 2016.

This FOA will utilize the R25 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages all potential applicants to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.

This Notice encourages the development of innovative programs that provide cutting edge cancer research experiences. Emphasis will be placed on programs with effective student recruitment and selection process, strong accessible mentorship, elements that strengthen research and career skills of participants and enhance networking and peer interactions. Institutions will be encouraged to develop and implement a plan to track participating students and to evaluate program impact. Programs may also support participation of teachers and faculty members whose classrooms routinely include students from underrepresented populations. Programs that engage students in interdisciplinary approaches in cancer research are encouraged.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Alison Lin
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-6177