(CLOSED) NIH-PAR-23-114 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25 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 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 the ESTEEMED Program, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) focuses on early preparation of undergraduate students in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to NIBIB’s scientific mission. Applicants should recruit prospective participants from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences, and participants should be 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. Upon completion of the ESTEEMED program, student participants will be expected to enter an honors program that prepares STEM students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Therefore, only institutions with an 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 transform through engineering the understanding of disease and its prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. NIBIB is committed to fostering diversity in its training programs since there are many benefits that flow from a diverse scientific workforce, including fostering technological innovations for healthcare and advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research. To this end, the institute develops and supports programs, across the career continuum, that foster the recruitment, retention, training, and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences (e.g., see Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity. NIBIB’s proactive approach to promoting a sustainable biomedical workforce (https://www.nibib.nih.gov/about-nibib/diversity-equity-inclusion-accessibility-programs-activities) includes the development of 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 transition to college by supporting freshmen and sophomores from diverse backgrounds, including those groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, majoring in STEM fields critical to the mission of NIBIB.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jun 07, 2023
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_NIH 23-114_2023) 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.

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: 
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact LimitedSubs@psu.edu if you wish to apply