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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Institutional Eligibility:
Texas A&M University. Agrilife, TEES and TTI are eligible to submit a proposal and administer any award that follows.

Number of Applications: 1
Only one application will be accepted per applicant organization.

PI Eligibility:
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

NCRR encourages applications to its SEPA program for the development and evaluation of innovative research education programs to improve PreK-12 research career opportunities and the community's understanding of the health science advances supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical and basic research.  SEPA encourages dynamic partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and PreK-12 teachers and schools and other interested organizations. Particular importance will be given to applications that target PreK-12 and/or ISE/media topics that may not be addressed by existing curriculum, community-based or ISE/media activities.

NCRR is aware of the disproportionately low representation of underrepresented individuals in biomedical, behavioral and clinical fields.  SEPA encourages applications that will foster such career opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in certain scientific disciplines, specifically, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities, and individuals with disabilities.

Accordingly, the NIH continues to encourage institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations and thus to increase the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences such as: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. Institutions are encouraged to identify candidates who will increase diversity on a national or institutional basis.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose creative and innovative research education programs in the mission area(s) of the NCRR.  The NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism is designed to support the development of creative and innovative research education programs for the development of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers, or for public education and outreach on health-related research to a variety of audiences. Although research education grants are not typical research instruments, they do involve experiments in education and/or dissemination of research knowledge that require an evaluation plan in order to determine their effectiveness. A plan must be provided for program evaluation and/or dissemination.


April 1, 2011, by 5:00 pm: Deadline for an email of intent, including the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

April 4, 2011, by 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal, including signatures of approval from your department head and college dean, to the Office of Research Development for review by the internal selection committee.

Send internal application to

April 8, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May  22, 2011: Letter of Intent

June 22, 2011: Deadline for the full proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M University has established a process to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.