Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Transformative Educational Advancement and Mentoring Network (TEAM) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:
September 19, 2022
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
October 28, 2022
First Estimated Application Due Date:
February 10, 2023
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
June 30, 2023
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
July 01, 2023
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)


The purpose of this Notice is to announce the NCI's intention to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Transformative Educational Advancement and Mentoring Network (TEAM) (R25). The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support research and educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. We seek to do this by supporting and providing training navigation and mentorship to support scholars from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from groups known to be underrepresented in the cancer biomedical workforce.

To accomplish the overarching stated goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: (1) Courses for Skills Development and (2) Mentoring Activities.

The TEAM program will pilot test the use of training champions (TCs) at minority serving institutions (MSIs), to support the development of educational activities and scientific career development programs to enhance the preparation, productivity, and progress of scholars from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented groups. See, Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-20-031. The career development levels of focus for this FOA will include predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators (ESIs). TCs are defined as personnel located within the MSI who can assist potential applicants with their plans to apply, attain, or transition to an independent grant award. TC(s) should have exceptional administrative and networking skills, sufficient time to commit to scholars, and be knowledgeable of the NIH grantsmanship process. This RFA will leverage TCs to assist scholars in identifying funding opportunities, networking with appropriate NCI/NIH program directors, and locating resources for competitive application preparation. TCs will provide additional training support, navigation, and appropriate resources to enhance the skills required for scholars to successfully identify, submit, and obtain grants and career development opportunities.

The TEAM program will also leverage institutional and core academic resources to enhance scholar expertise, and mentor-mentee relationships, both in conventional and peer-to-peer settings. Additionally, this program will adapt or adopt culturally appropriate activities, short courses, and scientific writing to enhance the competitiveness and professional career development of scholars of this program.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop a responsive, multicomponent TEAM application.

The FOA is expected to be published in October 2022, with an anticipated application due date in February 2023. Details of the planned pre-application webinar will be announced in the Guide after the publication of the FOA.

The FOA will utilize the R25 (Education Projects) activity code.

Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

Over the past 5 years, NIH/NCI has provided training navigation support to scholars to assist with their successful entry, transition, and advancement through the cancer training pipeline to independent research careers. Training navigation leverages strategies, resources and stakeholders to: (1) increase scholars' knowledge of NIH and other federal funding announcements, (2) improve scholars’ awareness of career development and professional enhancement opportunities, and (3) provide additional mentorship and opportunities for supported engagement in career development, training and networking.

Considering the benefits of training navigation in addressing scholar training limitations by supporting, connecting, and guiding students, trainees, and ESIs to qualified mentors and NIH program support, targeted training navigation support at MSIs is needed. These institutions have significant variability in research infrastructure; furthermore, their success and sustainability are critical to NIH's mission to enhance the participation of diverse scientists in the biomedical research enterprise. These efforts will ensure that institutions with a demonstrated or historical commitment and track record of training scholars from underrepresented groups receive personalized technical training coordination, education, and career development support to advance and grow a competitive next generation of cancer researchers.

The TEAM Program will pilot the use of TCs to provide education and career development support to increase awareness and readiness among an identified scholar group (e.g., predoctoral or postdoctoral fellows or ESIs). The ultimate goal is to better position these scholars to improve grant applications and award competitiveness. Applicants should outline specific proposed activities and expectations of the proposed TC’s.

The TEAM program's strength also depends on resources and infrastructure that will be provided to the scholars at the institutional level. TEAM applicants are expected to propose programs that develop, adapt, or leverage existing technical and scientific short courses, promote grantsmanship and peer networking, provide structured mentored support, and encourage thoughtful collaborations and partnerships. TEAM will benefit NCI programs by increasing the pool of talented, well-prepared researchers. Additionally, widespread dissemination of the informational resources and curriculum developed through this FOA may enhance ongoing, and future NCI supported training programs. These include programs such as the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), the Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE), and the Early Investigator Advancement Program (EIAP), along with both extramural and intramural scholars engaged in cancer and cancer health disparities research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development: Applicants should describe in detail the courses and training resources for skills development that will be integrated within institutions. They should highlight the institution's resources and expertise in research on cancer and cancer health disparities, grantsmanship, and scholar professional career development. Applicants should also describe strategies that will be implemented to promote effective mentor-mentee communication (i.e., aligning expectations, fostering independence, assessing needs, active listening, and the provision of constructive feedback). Additionally, innovative courses or educational activities centered on training and the management of ethical issues, implicit biases, racial and ethnic discrimination, stereotyping, microaggressions, and structural inequities should be considered.
  • Mentoring Activities: Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, are encouraged to participate as mentors in the TEAM program. Mentors should have advanced degrees, multifaceted research expertise, experience in cancer and cancer health disparities, scientific writing, grantsmanship, and other topics relevant to the applicant’s proposal. Mentors should present with prior mentoring experience and must be committed to continuing their involvement throughout the total period of the mentee’s participation in this award and for no less than one year. Given the applicability and availability of virtual communication platforms, mentors can readily engage scholars from different geographic locations. Additionally, applicants should highlight institutional and TC coordination efforts to support scholar mentoring and networking activities.

Every proposal should work to: (1) identify a scholar group or groups (defined by career-stage (specifically predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and ESIs), (2) define a recruitment, implementation, and tracking plan tailored to the career level and population identified,(3) detail how the TC will be leveraged to promote integration and links among program components, mentors, and scholars, such that the goal of increased applications and awards are realized, (4) describe the partnerships, institutional support and existing infrastructure and resources that will be developed and/or leveraged (e.g., core facilities, biostatistical support, institutional resources), (5) outline specific plans to promote career development sustainability within the institution post-funding, and (6) describe institutional leadership support and endorsement of the program supplemented with letters of support.

To be eligible for this FOA, the applicant institution must be a domestic institution located in the United States and its territories which:

  • Award undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences.
  • Have a historical and current mission to educate students from any of the populations that have been identified as underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the National Science Foundation NSF, see (i.e., African Americans or Blacks, Hispanic or Latino Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities) or has a documented record of: (1) recruiting, training and/or educating, and graduating underrepresented students as defined by NSF (see above), which has resulted in increasing the institution's contribution to the national pool of graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue biomedical research careers and, (2) for institutions that deliver health care services, providing clinical services to medically underserved communities.

More details will be outlined in the forthcoming FOA.

Funding Information


Estimated Total Funding

$2.55 million total costs per year for 5 years for the entire program

Expected Number of Awards


Estimated Award Ceiling

Direct costs not to exceed $300,000 per year

Primary Assistance Listing Number(s)

93.393; 93.395

Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Whitney Barfield, Ph.D.
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute (NCI)