NIH PAR-20-066 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (R25 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - NOI

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 over-arching 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 overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

Applications are encouraged from doctoral degree granting research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see NIH's Notice of Interest in Diversity) so that they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and networks to transition into and complete rigorous research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields.

    • Research Experiences: For example, to provide hands-on exposure to research, to prepare participants for graduate school admissions, successful completion of a research-focused doctoral degree, and careers in the biomedical research workforce.
    • Courses for Skills Development: For example, to provide advanced courses in a specific discipline, research technique or research area, and/or courses or workshops to develop scholarly potential to prepare participants for graduate school admissions, successful completion of a research-focused doctoral degree, and careers in the biomedical research workforce

Award Amount and Duration:

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

The total direct costs for each award are limited to $400,000 annually.

The total project period may not exceed 5 years.

An institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) can have no more than one PREP award.

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(s)/(PI(s) must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution and should have research, teaching, student counseling and/or academic administrative experience and an interest in promoting biomedical and behavioral science education among students from underrepresented groups.

Internal Nomination Process:

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jan 27, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, submit notice in the InfoReady portal and follow the required prompts to give us your contact information. If interest exceeds the sponsor's institutional limit, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research will hold an internal Limited Submissions competition.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to