National Institutes of Health

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

 Program Summary

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences and Courses for Skills Development.  Applications are encouraged from research-intensive 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 courses for skills development and extensive research experiences aimed at preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to complete doctoral degrees. 


Only one application per institution 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 participants before they are supported by the program. In order to receive salary support, participants must be considered underrepresented (see FOA for additional information) 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.
Award Information
NIGMS intends to commit $2.5 million (total costs) annually.  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 $400,000 annually.  The total project period may not exceed 5 years.
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 319-384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, if you are interested in submitting an application.

Date Due to DSP or UIF03/24/2014
Date Due to Sponsor03/31/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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