National Institutes of Health

NIH: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

Program Summary

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in  these fields.  The program provides support for well-designed academic enhancements and extensive research experiences aimed at preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to complete PhD or MD-PhD degree programs in these disciplines. 


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

The applicant institution will select the PREP participants who will receive salary support and it is the responsibility of the institution to establish the qualifications of the students before they are supported by the program. In order to receive salary support, students must be considered underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research, have a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited U.S. college or university awarded no more than 36 months prior to applying to a PREP, and must not be currently enrolled in a degree program.


Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposed, it is expected that applications will stay within the following budgetary guidelines: total direct costs are limited to $375,000 annually. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 4 years.


To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, if you are interested in submitting an application.


Date Due to DSP or UIF03/07/2013
Date Due to Sponsor03/14/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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