Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Notice Number: NOT-GM-17-015

Key Dates
Release Date:   July 21, 2017

Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: September 2017 
First Estimated Application Due Date: November 2017  
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 2018  
Earliest Estimated Start Date: August 2018  

Related Announcements
PAR-14-228

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Purpose

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. 

To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Informal Science Education (ISE) projects. 

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.  

The FOA is expected to be published in September with an expected application due date in November 2017. 

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

Research Initiative Details

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce and in developing research capacities throughout the country. The over-arching goal of this R25 SEPA program is to support pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) and informal science education (ISE) activities that: (1) enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs and (2) foster a better understanding of NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its public health implications. Applications that target P-12 or ISE topics that may not be addressed by existing school, community or ISE-based activities are encouraged.  Proposed projects may focus on any area of NIH-funded research.

SEPA funding does not support large scale STEM or ISE projects where the total cost of the project will exceed the total amount of the requested SEPA award.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Tony Beck, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Telephone: 301-480-4623
Email: beckl@mail.nih.gov