NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Education Program on Translational Devices (R25 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 over-arching 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 FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development

This FOA invites Research Education Grant (R25) applications to develop and implement a short course focused on (1) steps required for successful neural medical device development and translation, (2) common technical and strategic challenges, and (3) best-practices and resources for each stage in the process. Applicants may choose to include a plan for extended engagement opportunities for participants to continue to interact with and obtain guidance from faculty members after the conclusion of the course. The short course should address a broad audience, including senior post-doctoral fellows, independent academic researchers, clinician scientists, and small business entrepreneurs interested in developing and translating medical devices to diagnose or treat a nervous system disorder.

This FOA is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a consortium of 14 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) who support neuroscience research ( By pooling resources and expertise, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research takes advantage of economies of scale, confronts challenges too large for any single IC, and develops research tools and infrastructure that serve the entire neuroscience community.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): November 16, 2019
  • Application Due Date(s): December 16, 2019

RFA-NS-20-003 Expiration Date December 17, 2019

Agency Website

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 of up to $250,000 per year may be requested.

To the extent possible, the budget should be designed to defray participant costs.

The maximum project period is 2 years. The first 6 months may be devoted to course/curriculum development with 2 annual meetings held thereafter.

    Funding Type





    Curriculum Development
    Engineering and Physical Sciences
    Medical - Translational

    External Deadline

    December 16, 2019