NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)(R25)

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 NIGMS 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 this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach. 

Information on current SEPA projects can be found at:


Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

Only one application per institution is allowed. Institutions are also limited to a single SEPA award.  Therefore, an institution with an active SEPA project is not eligible to submit an application to this FOA. 


  • Duke Internal: May 22, 2019. 
  • Letter of Intent: 30 days before the application due date
  • Application: November 20, 2017; July 9, 2018; July 9, 2019

PAR-17-339 Expiration Date July 10, 2019

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Only one application per institution, normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number, is allowed.Organizations are also limited to a single SEPA award. An organization with an active SEPA award is not eligible to submit a SEPA application.  However, an organization with an active SEPA award may partner with another organization planning on submitting a new SEPA application as long as its subcontract does not exceed 20% of the Direct Costs requested.

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.

An organization with an active SEPA award is eligible to submit an application for a new SEPA project as long as there will not be significant overlap between the end of the current SEPA award and the start date for a new SEPA award.

It is appropriate for applicants to use an existing P-12 or ISE project strategy and infrastructure as the platform for a new SEPA application. The proposed new SEPA project may complement, but cannot overlap, the ongoing P-12 or ISE project at the applicant organization.

Special Note: SEPA projects ending their SEPA grant period are strongly encouraged to utilize their SEPA-generated infrastructure, partnerships, and evaluation tools to develop a new SEPA project.  The proposed project must have a new scope of activity or target audience.    



Amount Description

Direct costs are limited to $250,000 annually.

The SEPA project period is 5 years.     

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2014 Brenda E. Armstrong  - DukeMed Activated




Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
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.

A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
CV or Biosketch of project leader
Project summary - 1 page

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

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

Internal Deadline

May 22, 2019

External Deadline

July 9, 2019