National Institutes of Health

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Program Summary

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), teachers and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development or Informal science Education (ISE) exhibits, and Outreach activities.


Only one application per institution is allowed. Institutions are limited to a single SEPA award. An organization or institution may submit only one SEPA application or be a partner with another organization or institution submitting a SEPA application. 

An organization with an active SEPA project is eligible to submit an application for a new SEPA project as long as there will not be significant overlap between the end of the current SEPA award and the possible start date for a new SEPA award.
Organizations with a contractual fee for service or consortium partnership with an active SEPA project may submit a SEPA application as long as the proposed new project is independent of the existing SEPA contractual, fee for service or consortium partnership.
It is appropriate for applicants to use an existing P-12 or ISE project strategy and infrastructure as the platform for a new SEPA application.  The proposed new SEPA project may complement, but cannot overlap, the ongoing P-12 or ISE project at the applicant or partner institution(s) or organization(s).
Award Information
ORIP intends to commit approximately $2,000,000 in FY 2015, 2016 and 2017. Direct costs are limited to $250,000 annually. F&A will be budgeted and reimbursed at a rate of 8 percent of modified total direct costs, exclusive of tuition and fees, health insurance (when awarded as part of tuition and fees), expenditures for equipment, and consortia in excess of $25,000.  The project period may not exceed  5 years.
Internal Selection Procedure
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV; and
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Wednesday, July 30, 2014.


Proposal Due to OVPRED06/23/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF07/16/2014
Date Due to Sponsor07/23/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due Date06/30/2014
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