Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-20-009

Key Dates

Release Date: September 16, 2019
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: October 10, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: February 19, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: December 01, 2020

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint for Neuroscience Research intends to reissue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for receipt of new and renewal applications for its research education program for neuroscience focused undergraduates. The overall objective of this funding opportunity will be to increase the number of undergraduate participants from diverse groups who successfully enter and complete Ph.D. degree programs in the neurosciences. To accomplish this goal, this initiative would support the development of collaborative research education partnerships to increase participants’ awareness and interest in the neurosciences, develop participants’ scientific knowledge and research skills that would allow them to progress and transition to more advanced neuroscience related research education and training activities, and establish working networks within existing Ph.D. degree granting and NIH-supported predoctoral T32 neuroscience programs.

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 late November 2019 with an expected application due date in February 2020.

This FOA will utilize the R25 activity code.

Research Initiative Details

The overarching objective of this funding opportunity is to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce, to pursue further studies or careers in neuroscience research. To achieve this goal, the initiative will support two-yearneuroscience research education programs comprised of year-round authentic neuroscience research experiences, research and career development, and establishment of professional networks, implemented through collaborative partnerships integrated across different educational institution types.

The future FOA is expected to continue the overarching objective of the 2019 NIH Blueprint R25 FOA: RFA-NS-19-007.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Estimated Award Ceiling TBD
Primary CFDA Numbers TBD

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Michelle D. Jones-London, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)