(CLOSED) NIH-PAR-20-223 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

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.

With ESTEEMED, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) focuses on early preparation for undergraduate students in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to bioengineering, such as engineering or the physical/computational sciences, which play key roles in biomedical technologies and innovation. Participants should be from diverse backgrounds and interested in ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and a research career integrating engineering and the physical sciences with medicine and biology. The program activities will begin in the summer before the freshman year and continue through the summer following the sophomore year. At that time, participants will be expected to enter an honors program that prepares high-achieving STEM students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Therefore, only institutions with a federally or institutionally funded honors program that is open to students in the junior and senior years and that promotes STEM and entrance into a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply.

NIBIB's Interest in Diversity

The mission of the NIBIB is to improve human health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. NIBIB is committed to fostering diversity in its training programs so that innovations in technology for healthcare benefit from the human capital of the entire nation. To this end, the institute develops and supports programs, across the career continuum, that enhance the recruitment, retention, training, and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. NIBIB’s proactive approach to promoting a diverse and sustainable biomedical workforce is to develop programs targeting roadblocks at critical transition points in the biomedical research pipeline that hinder the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The ESTEEMED program seeks to facilitate the training of freshmen and sophomores from diverse backgrounds majoring in STEM fields critical to the mission of NIBIB.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jun 24, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_NIH 20-223_2022) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(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, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3. Letter of institutional commitment (Describe the institutional environment, iterating the availability of facilities and educational resources that can contribute to the planned Research Education Program. Evidence of institutional commitment to the research educational program is required.

4. 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: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 4:00pm
Keefe Manning (CoE)