NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 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. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service 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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 1, 2019

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 5:00pm MST June 9, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST July 9, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Research Education Program Plan (2-3 pages): Please include the following: proposed research education program (including goals/outcomes, timeline), program participants, institutional environment and commitment, diversity recruitment plan, evaluation plan, and dissemination plan.
  • Project Team (up to 1 page): Please include the names, affiliations, and roles and responsibilities of the PI and program faculty.
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


Institutions are limited to a single SEPA award. Therefore, an institution with an active SEPA project is not eligible to submit an application to this FOA.

An organization with an active SEPA award 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 start date for a new SEPA award. Special Note: SEPA projects ending their SEPA grant period are strongly encouraged to utilize their SEPA-generated infrastructure, partnerships, and evaluation tools to develop a new SEPA project.  The proposed project must have a new scope of activity or target audience.    

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information

Award Amount: Direct costs are limited to $250,000 annually. A minimum of ten percent (10%) of the direct costs must be devoted to project evaluation. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

Award Duration: 5 years