**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**


NIH ESTEEMED Solicitation

Program Summary

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.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Research Experiencesfor undergraduate students to provide preparation for and hands-on exposure to research. At a minimum, this preparation should include a summer bridge program, summer research experience, and additional activities during the academic year, including, but not limited to seminars and/or workshops that enhance skills in the basic sciences, computation, and scientific communication as well as introduce students to the laboratory environment  
  • Mentoring Activitiesdedicated to providing not only technical expertise, but advice, individual coaching, professional development, and career guidance to the participants. Mentoring should occur at multiple levels ideally involving faculty, peers, alumni, and family. For institutions with graduate degree programs, Ph.D. candidates may also participate as mentors.


CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST February 28, 2018

NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: April 24, 2018

NIH Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST May 24, 2018


There are no eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is identified.

Award Information and Duration

The maximum project period is 5 years.