Project Description

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that  enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.   To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.
  • Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a cutting-edge science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide cutting-edge modern research experiences and related training and mentoring not available through formal NIH training mechanisms.  An integral part of the program will be to engage in unique, targeted recruitment of individuals from currently underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences research enterprise to ensure a diverse student cohort.

Amount per Award: Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposed and there are no specific budget limitations, the requested direct costs must be reasonable, well documented, fully justified and commensurate with the scope of the proposed program. All awards are subject to the availability of funds.
Duration of Award: May not exceed 5 Years
Number of Awards: The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality, duration and costs of the applications received.


The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for a research education grant provided that the proposed educational experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving federal support. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed research education program will complement ongoing research training occurring at the applicant institution.

UW-Madison may submit one proposal


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Referring to the NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement, please attach a PDF containing information in the following subject areas:

  • Project Summary (no more than 1 page)
  • Research Education Program Plan (no more than 6 pages) specifically addressing enrollment diversity, retention/degree completion activities,  participating faculty members, advisory committee plan, and, recruitment and evaluation plan (please refer to FOA for further information).
  • Budget Overview (no more than 1 page)

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to National Institutes of Health by January 27, 2017.


Contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email