NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) through Undergraduate Education (R25 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

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 NOFO will support educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Research Experiences

This NOFO invites R25 applications to support the development and implementation of research education programs for a diverse pool of undergraduate students. It is essential to expand and diversify the skilled aging research workforce and provide exposure to aging research to individuals early in their careers. The proposed research education programs will support intensive research experiences in the aging field with the goal of preparing undergraduate students to transition into strong, research-focused advanced degree programs or competitive private sector research careers in aging-related disciplines.

This NOFO 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 Dates: April 25, 2024; April 25, 2025; April 25, 2026
  • Application Due Dates: May 25, 2024; May 25, 2025; May 25, 2026

PAR-24-135 Expiration Date May 26, 2026

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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 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.



Amount Description

Direct costs up to $375,000 per year may be requested.

The scope of the proposed project period should determine the project period. The maximum period is five years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 25, 2024