Notice of Special Interest: Availability of Administrative Supplements to NIH Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) to Fund Participation in the NIH Pavilion at the 2020 USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF)
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Key Dates

Release Date:

November 18, 2019

First Available Due Date:
December 19, 2019
Expiration Date:
December 20, 2019

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PA-18-591 "Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)"

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces the availability of administrative supplements to Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) projects. The purpose of this Notice is to support the development of interactive exhibits on health, biomedical and behavioral science topics to be featured at the 2020 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USAEF) NIH Pavilion and related activities at the festival. The goals of these supplements are to: educate the public via interactive and face-to-face exhibits about the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers; showcase the cutting-edge technological impact of SEPA STEM projects.

Exhibit topics must address one or more of these 6 target categories: Infectious Diseases & Microbes; Molecules & Cells; Lifestyle, Diet, and Disparities; The Brain; Bioengineering; and Data Science.

Application and Submission Information

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity.

  • PA-18-591 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-18-591 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Application Due Date: December 19, 2019
  • For funding consideration, applicants should include NOT-GM-20-006 (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form.
  • Requests can be no more than $25,000 in direct costs exclusive of Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. No more than 40% of the request can go to the collaborator(s) or subcontractors.
  • Requests may be for 4 months of support only.
  • Only one administrative supplement request per SEPA will be accepted
  • The process for Streamlined Submissions using the eRA Commons cannot be used for this initiative.
  • The Research Strategy is limited to 6 pages.

In the Research Strategy, applications should: (1) clearly describe the significance of the proposed exhibit; (2) align with the operational design concepts inherent to interactive science fair exhibits, e.g., high excitement value that is sufficient to excite and communicate the science content with moderate throughput time ( ~3 5 min) to keep the wait time short; (3) include in the project team SEPA PD(s)/PI(s) and 2 4 SEPA students who will participate as facilitators and near-peer role models. NIGMS also encourages the participation, with justification, of key project staff. Supplement requests related to other NIH activities at the USASEF, such as the stage shows, will also be accepted.

The Research Strategy section of the application should include:

  • Description of the exhibit, participant interactions and anticipated educational outcomes
  • Images of the proposed exhibit
  • Approximate dimensions/footprint, limited to 10 x10 feet for pavilion activities
  • Electrical requirements
  • Computer/IT requirements
  • Other requirements
  • A description of how students from the SEPA project will be included in the development and execution of the proposed exhibit.

The proposed exhibit must be within the scope of the parent SEPA project.

Eligible investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research contacts listed below prior to submitting an application.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Tony Beck, PhD
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Behrous Davani, PhD
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

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