|NIH - Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)|
|Funding Agency Deadline||
NIH Letter of Intent (not required): 06/30/14
|Funding or Award Criteria||
Program Description: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.
The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that complement or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. SEPA encourages interactive partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and P-12 pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers), schools and other interested organizations. SEPA supports diversity in the workforce by providing opportunities for students from underserved communities to consider careers in basic or clinical research, provides teachers with professional development in science content and teaching skills and improves community health literacy through its science centers and museum exhibits. Applications that target P-12 or ISE topics that may not be addressed by existing school, community or ISE-based activities are encouraged.
Educational activities supported under this FOA may include one or more of the following:
Proposed projects must focus on topics related to NIH-funded research.
SEPA funding does not support large scale STEM or ISE projects where the total cost of the project will exceed the total amount of the requested SEPA award.
This FOA is aligned with the 5-year Federal CoSTEM Strategic Plan. The STEM Strategic Plan outlines national goals to drive five priority STEM education areas. The priority STEM areas related to the SEPA program include: (1) Prepare 100,000 excellent new K-12 STEM teachers by 2020; (2) 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. youth who have an authentic STEM experience each year prior to completing high school; (3) Increase the number of students from groups that have been underrepresented in STEM fields that graduate with STEM degrees in the next 10 years and improve women’s participation in areas of STEM where they are significantly underrepresented. http://www.utexas.edu/research/osp/documents/
Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.
Please see the solicitation for complete information.
|Number of Nominees Allowed||
One (1) proposal per institution
An organization or institution may submit only one SEPA application or be a partner with another organization or institution submitting a SEPA application.
If anyone has agreed to partner with another institution, send an email immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Required Internal Review Documents||
Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to email@example.com by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Each College or School may submit one (1) nomination for consideration.
|Nominee(s) Selected to Advance||
Dr. Eman Ghanem, College of Natural Sciences