NIMH Mentoring Networks for Mental Health Research Education (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:

  • Mentoring Activities


The goal of this FOA is to augment the education and training of the scientific workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in the mission areas of the NIMH ( The NIMH R25 Program currently provides four thematic funding opportunities: 1) short courses for mental health-related research education (PAR-20-096 ); 2) research education programs supporting psychiatry residents (PAR-20-094 ); 3) mentoring networks for mental health research education (PAR-20-080 ); and 4) research education mentoring programs for HIV/AIDS researchers (PAR-17-485). Applications in the area of HIV/AIDS research education will only be accepted in response to PAR-17-485 and subsequent reissuances.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date.
  • Application Due Date(s): May 26, 2020; May 25, 2021; May 25, 2022​

PAR-20-080 Expiration Date May 26, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

If multiple sites are involved in the research education program, the applicant institution must be one of these sites. The need for and use of multiple sites must be justified.

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.

The PD/PI should have a strong track record as a leader, educator and/or mentor in an area relevant to the scientific focus of the proposed mentoring network and should be actively engaged in research in an area related to the mission of the NIMH.



    Amount Description

    Application budgets may not exceed $200,000 in direct costs annually and are expected to reflect actual needs of the proposed project.

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

    Funding Type





    Curriculum Development
    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Social Sciences

    External Deadline

    May 26, 2020