Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/12/2024

NIA Expanding Research in AD/ADRD (ERA) Summer Research Education Program (R25 - Independent 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 encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. 

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

  • Research Experiences

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites R25 applications to support the development and implementation of summer research education programs for high school students, undergraduates, or science teachers from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. It is essential to expand and diversify the skilled Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) research workforce and provide exposure to AD/ADRD research to individuals early in their careers. The proposed research education programs will support intensive summer research experiences in the AD/ADRD field with the goal of exposing participants to AD/ADRD research and encourage further study or participation in biomedical research.

This FOA does not allow participants to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): April 24, 2023; April 24, 2024
  • Application Due Date(s): May 24, 2023; May 24, 2024

RFA-AG-24-013 Expiration Date May 25, 2023

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.

NIA encourages multiple PD(s)/PI(s), particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance the research education program. The PD(s)/PI(s) must be able to provide both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. At least one of the PD(s)/PI(s) should be an investigator with an active research program in an AD/ADRD-related discipline (e.g., as demonstrated by recent publications and current research support). Additional PD(s)/PI(s), including individuals with experience in the science of education, relevant social science disciplines, program evaluation, mentoring, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) work; or university administration may be included to achieve the program goals. Any of the PD(s)/PI(s) may serve as the contact PD/PI.

Amount Description

Direct costs up to $200,000 per year may be requested.

A project period of up to five years may be requested. Funds may be requested for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 14 weeks of research education experience each year.