NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (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 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:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
  • Outreach

An institution with an active SEPA award, i.e., within the 5-year project start and end dates, is eligible to submit new applications in a different scientific discipline distinct from the active SEPA project. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible to make sure their project is eligible.

Application Due Dates: July 14, 2023; June 7, 2024; June 6, 2025

PAR-23-137 Expiration Date June 07, 2025

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant 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(s)/PI(s) should have the appropriate expertise and experience to provide both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed project. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

Additional Eligibility Information:

  • A PD/PI with an active SEPA award is eligible to submit a new SEPA application as long as the new SEPA project is distinct from the active project and there is no more than six months overlap between the end date of the current SEPA award and the potential start date of the new SEPA award.
  • An institution with an active SEPA award, i.e., within the 5-year project start and end dates, is eligible to submit new applications in a different scientific discipline distinct from the active SEPA project.
  • Organizations with a contractual fee for service or consortium partnership with an active SEPA award may submit a SEPA application if the proposed new project is independent of the existing SEPA contractual fee for service or consortium partnership.



Amount Description

Direct costs are limited to $250,000, excluding consortium F&A costs, annually.

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2014 Brenda E. Armstrong  - DukeMed Activated




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

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

    • Descriptive title of proposed educational program.
    • Brief description of the program’s goals and types of educational activities.
    • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s).
    • Names of other key personnel.
    • Participating institution(s) (if applicable)

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

External Deadline

July 14, 2023