NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium: Research Education Short Courses (UE5 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The NIH Research Education Cooperative Agreements Program (UE5) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this National Cancer Institute (NCI) UE5  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 cancer research needs.

This UE5 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is a part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiative to establish the "NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium (NASDC)."  The major objective of this initiative is to provide opportunities for current NCI grantees, especially those who are junior faculty (e.g., assistant professors, instructors, research scientists, or equivalent), to enhance their skills in areas that are critical for establishing and maintaining successful independent academic cancer research careers.

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development.  Such courses should contain innovative, state-of-the-art, evidence-based scientific and/or educational content that is essential to meet the academic career development needs of NCI-funded, junior faculty investigators.

This UE5 FOA runs in parallel with a companion U24 FOA that solicits applications for the NASDC Program Logistics and Evaluation Coordinating Center, described in detail in RFA-CA-19-011.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): March 1, 2019
  • Application Due Date(s): April 1, 2019

RFA-CA-19-010 Expiration Date April 2, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Note: Institutions applying for the U24 NASDC award under the companion FOA RFA-CA-19-011 are welcome to also apply for the UE5 award under this FOA.  

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 should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

Individual(s) designated as PD(s)/PI(s) on applications submitted to this FOA are expected to be senior faculty member(s) with established careers as both educators and researchers, including effective mentoring of junior faculty towards successful academic research careers. 

PD(s)/PI(s) are also expected to have demonstrated experience in providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of an education program that extends beyond the applicant institution and attracts participants from a national audience.  

An individual may be designated as a PD/PI (or one of multiple PD(s)/PI(s)) on more than one UE5 application submitted in response to this FOA.

An individual designated as a PD/PI (or one of multiple PD(s)/PI(s)) on a UE5 application submitted in response to this FOA must not be also designated as a PD/PI (or one of multiple PDs/PIs) on an application submitted in response to the companion U24 FOA, RFA-CA-19-011.



      Amount Description

      Application budgets are limited to $340,000 in direct costs per year.

      Applicants may request a project period of up to 3 years.

        Funding Type



        Junior Faculty
        Women and minorities encouraged


        Curriculum Development
        Medical - Basic Science
        Medical - Clinical Science
        Social Sciences

        External Deadline

        April 1, 2019