NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) 2019

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: PAR-17-339

Institutional Limitations:

Only one application per institution is allowed. Institutions are also limited to a single SEPA award. Syracuse University does not currently have a SEPA award.


The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), preservice and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach.

Information on current SEPA projects can be found at: and Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

PI Limitations:

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.


Direct costs are limited to $250,000 annually for a five-year project. Direct costs may include personnel costs (salary and fringes for person months devoted to program); consultant costs; equipment; supplies; travel for key persons; and other justifiable program-related expenses. A minimum of 10% of the direct costs must be devoted to project evaluation. Indirect Costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and equipment expenditures).

Cost Sharing: Not required.

Syracuse University Limited Submission Selection Process:

To be considered as SU’s one proposal, prospective applicants should submit an internal Pre-Proposals through the Syracuse University Application Portal at by the date given below.

The Office of Research will coordinate the selection of the winning pre-proposal, whose PD/PI will then be invited to develop a full proposal to NIH. ORSP will utilize a team of reviewers, potentially including internal faculty, researchers, and/or administrators, and/or non-conflicted external consultants, to score and provide comments on the internal pre-preproposals received. Based on these scores and recommendations, the winning internal proposal will be selected by the Vice President for Research, and the selection announced no later than the middle of May.


Internal Pre-Proposal Review Criteria:

Internal pre-proposals will be evaluated based on the scored review criteria listed in the PAR: Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, and Environment.

Key Dates

04/12/2019 Request for Limited Submission application request emailed to ADRs, Department Chairs and Directors, and posted on the Office of Research webpage.

05/06/2019 Internal Pre-Proposals due to the Office of Research via the Syracuse University Application Portal (

05/13/2019 Pre-Proposals selected to move forward

06/10/2019 Optional, non-binding Letter of Intent due to NIH

07/04/2019 Transmittal due to OSP for final review

07/09/2019 Full proposal due to NIH

Instructions for Syracuse University Limited Submission Application

Pre-Proposals must include the following components, combined into one PDF for upload to the Syracuse University Application Portal:

  1. Project Narrative: Three sentences on the relevance of the project to public health, in plain, easy-to-understand language.
  2. Specific Aims: One page.
  3. Abbreviated Research Education Program Plan: 5 pages briefly addressing each of the following: Proposed Research Education Program, Program Director, Program Faculty, Program Participants, Institutional Environment and Commitment, Diversity Recruitment Plan, Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research, Evaluation Plan, and Dissemination Plan. Given the limited space provided in the pre-proposal, you are not expected to have each of these sections and plans fully fleshed out, but you should provide enough information to convince institutional reviewers that, if selected, you understand the requirements for, and will be able to produce a compelling Research Education Program Plan that fully and adequately addresses, each of these components.
  4. Preliminary Letter(s) of Support from Chair and Dean of PI/PD. This does not have to be the final, complete letter that would be submitted with the proposal to NIH, but should make it clear to institutional reviewers that the PD has the full support of their supervisors to lead this proposed project, if selected.
  5. NIH-Style Biographical Sketch of PI/PD. Should be compliant and largely complete, up to 5 pages in length.
  6. Signatures Page(s). Signatures of any named co-investigators or named faculty at SU or any collaborating institutions mentioned in the proposal. These can be on separate pages or all one the same page or some combination. The signed page(s) should affirm that the signatories are aware of this preproposal, and intend to collaborate on the full proposal if this ideas/pre-proposal is selected to move forward as SU’s sole proposal. NOTE: You can always add additional faculty/personnel later if internally selected.

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