Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 11/27/2023

Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching 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.

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

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Curriculum or Methods Development

Specifically, this notice of funding opportunity will support the development of educational resources in the form of training modules designed to be freely available, at no cost to the broader community, to advance training of the biomedical research workforce. Responsive topics will be indicated through Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) released annually by NIGMS.

Application Due Date(s): Jan. 26, 2024; Jan. 28, 2025; Jan. 27, 2026

PAR-24-040 Expiration Date January 28, 2026

Areas of Interest

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Topics for Training Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training - 2024. See Notice NOT-GM-24-007.

The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to inform applicants of the topic areas for the 2024 application due date for PAR-24-040 “Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”.

Applications must address one of the topics below. Only one topic may be addressed per application.

  1. Improving Mental Health and Well-Being through Organizational Change: Navigating the biomedical research training pathway can be overwhelming and lead to stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. Organizations are in a position to establish programs that support the mental and physical well-being of the biomedical research workforce. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being, intended to spark organizational dialogue and change in the workplace, establishes five essential components to help re-imagine workplaces as engines of well-being including: 1) protection from harm, 2) connection and community, 3) life-work harmony, 4) mattering at work, and 5) opportunity for growth. NIGMS encourages applications for the development and implementation of training modules that will effectively address one or more of these five essential components at different organizational levels, such as departments, divisions, offices, and laboratories and may span multiple career stages, from students to organizational leadership.
  2. Addressing Structural Barriers and Discrimination: The scientific community has an increasing appreciation for the need to address the impacts of structural barriers and discrimination across career stages in the biomedical research enterprise. Applications are encouraged for the development and implementation of modules focused on addressing structural barriers and discrimination to reduce disparities in recruitment, retention, and success of trainees and other researchers, and to promote access, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in the biomedical research environment. Modules should focus on how to create research training environments optimized for productive learning and research - free from harassment, intimidation, and discrimination - where all participants feel safe and are treated in a respectful and supportive manner. Applications must specify the skills and knowledge that will be gained by the participants and how the module will help the participants address the structures and ways of thinking that are barriers to success.
  3. Promoting Laboratory Safety in Research Environments: NIGMS will support the development of training modules that will help catalyze a strong culture of responsibility and obligation to maintain high standards for physical, chemical, and biological safety in research training environments. Specifically, environments in which physical, chemical, and biological safety is prioritized, and the core values and behaviors of leadership and the research and training communities emphasize safety over competing goals. Applications must specify the skills and knowledge that will be gained by the participants and how it will help the participants address physical, chemical, and biological safety in the research environment.
  4. Strengthening Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency of Biomedical Research Techniques: Principles of rigorous biomedical research are cross-cutting concepts, processes, and practices that promote rigorous, transparent, and robust scientific experiments. These principles apply across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, techniques, and approaches. NIH defines scientific rigor as “the strict application of the scientific method to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results". The proposed module should develop content that promotes rigorous, reproducible, and transparent execution of biomedical research techniques relevant to the NIGMS mission. For example, various forms of microscopy, mass spectrometry, immunodetection, genetic sequencing, cell culture, computational methods or tools, high throughput techniques, behavioral testing of non-human research organisms.  Approaches to proper controls, sample size, statistical analyses, transparent reporting, among others, associated with each method should be discussed.
  5. Enhancing Program Evaluation Capacity: NIGMS encourages applications on the development of evaluation capacity at organizations with biomedical research training programs. The proposed modules should inform program directors and administrators about effective and practical approaches to evaluate biomedical research training programs. The modules are expected to be developed with input from a range of experts (for example, social scientists, statisticians, education professionals).
Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for a research education grant provided that the proposed educational experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving federal support. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed research education program will complement ongoing research training occurring at the applicant institution.

The PD/PI(s) will be expected to commit an appropriate level of effort to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.  Additional PDs/PIs may be included to strengthen the expertise of the PD/PI team. Examples include individuals with expertise in the topic area, education, evaluation, or deployment of accessible educational material.

Amount Description

Applications may request up to $250,000 in direct costs to cover the entire award project period but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Budget categories should not include inflationary escalation for recurring costs in outyears.

Applications may request award project periods of up to three years.

Funding Type