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 overarching 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
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
  • Outreach

Information on current SEPA projects can be found at: and

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

An eligible institution, defined as a university, an independent college/institute, a museum, a hospital, or a professional society, may submit more than one SEPA application per due date, if each is in a different scientific discipline. 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 from that of the active SEPA project. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible to make sure their project is eligible.


  • Letter of Intent: 30 days before the application
  • Application: July 14, 2020; July 13, 2021; July 13, 2022

PAR-20-153 Expiration Date July 14, 2022

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.

An eligible institution, defined as a university, an independent college/institute, a museum, a hospital, or a professional society, may submit one application per due date. An institution with an active SEPA award is ineligible to submit another SEPA application.

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.

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.



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




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 13, 2022