Summer Research Education Experience Program (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 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:

  • Research Experiences

for high school students, undergraduate students, and/or science teachers during the summer academic break.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to application due date
  • Application Due Date(s): March 17, 2022, March 17, 2023, and March 19, 2024
  • AIDS Application Due Date(s): May 9, 2022, May 8, 2023, and May 7, 2024

PAR-21-168 Expiration Date May 8, 2024

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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

Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the Summer Research Program proposed, budgets cannot exceed $125,000 direct costs per year.

A project period of up to five years may be requested. Funds may be requested for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 15 weeks of research education experience each year.

    Funding Type





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

    External Deadline

    March 19, 2024