(CLOSED) NIH PAR-21-347: Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Program (R25-Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

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 overarching 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) encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research; (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 overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development: CRECD awards will support implementation of and participation in courses/curricula to enhance knowledge in how to design, plan and operationalize clinical research with a focus on the science of minority health and health disparities. The goal of the program is for postdoctoral clinically trained health professionals to develop clinical epidemiological research skills and to promote the development of trained and independent clinical researchers who can conduct clinical research activities in areas that are in accordance with NIMHD’s mission in addressing health disparities among underserved populations. . Such courses may include methodological courses with an emphasis on epidemiological research methods, biostatistics, and clinical research. Additional courses may include clinical research ethics, principles of community-engaged research, qualitative methods, methods in data science, and other courses needed to prepare participants to conduct health disparities research in clinical settings.
  • Research Experiences: To help develop a diverse cadre of clinical and translational scientists interested in pursuing careers in clinical and/or population health research, particularly on diseases and conditions that disproportionately impact populations that experience health disparities. CRECD awards will provide research and related experiences not available through formal NIH training mechanisms for postdoctoral-level medical, dental, nursing, and other clinical or mental health fellows and clinical early stage investigators (ESIs, see https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm) who are part of the translational, patient-oriented and/or population health research workforce.

Research Scope

  • NIMHD Specific Research Areas

    • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) supports research on the many aspects of minority health and health disparities—— from biological and population sciences to clinical, behavioral, and translational research, as well as research on health care services, health systems and workforce development.
  • NIDCR Specific Research Areas

    • A goal of the NIDCR is to enhance the quantity, quality, and impact of clinical research performed by oral health disparities researchers to meet the nation’s oral health needs.
  • NINR Specific Research Areas

    • The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) supports research that builds the scientific foundation for nursing practice and policy across clinical and community settings, and advances the prevention, detection, and management of disease and disability.


Institutional Limit: Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Dec 15, 2021
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_NIH -PAR-21-347_2021 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) identifying the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements of the sponsor's solicitation.

3. 2-page CV's of Investigators

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 4:00pm
This opportunity is now first come, first served. If you intend to apply please submit your contact information through the InfoReady link.