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National Institutes of Health: NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)

Date Posted: March 31, 2014
Deadline for Internal Competition:
April 14, 2014
Agency Deadline for LOI April 28, 2014
Agency Deadline for Full Proposal May 28, 2014
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Limit on Number of Proposals:
One- KU-L and KUMC: Considered independant organizations.
Sponsor Website:
Pivot Link
Abstract: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of this NIH Blueprint R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences, Courses for Skills Development, and Mentoring Activities.

The fully integrated research experiences, courses for skills development, and mentoring activities should prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences to enter Ph.D. degree programs in the neurosciences. To accomplish this goal, this initiative will provide institutional awards to develop neuroscience research education programs consisting of collaborative partnerships integrated across different educational institution types. Each collaborative research education partnership must have the following components: a) a research-intensive institution that has an established neuroscience or neuroscience-related program, b) partnership between institution(s) that have a substantial enrollment of undergraduates from populations nationally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, c) integrated curriculum/academic enhancement and research training activities designed to increase participants' preparation to enter doctoral programs in the neurosciences, and d) well-described plans to provide early communication and interaction between participating students and graduate neuroscience programs across the country. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years. The NIH Blueprint Institutes intend to commit approximately $2.5M in FY 2015 to fund between five and ten awards in response to this FOA.
Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Pre-Proposal Procedure:
If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please send notice to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist KU Research in organizing the review committee.
The pre-proposal should include:
  • A three-page narrative: 
    • describing the proposed research including 
      • key personnel and partnerships
    • addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation​
    • a generalized yearly budget and 
  • A two-page CV for the PI and all co-investigators including 
    • funding history, current, and pending support

Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative. Please submit this material electronically to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu at KU Research by 5:00 p.m. on 4/14/2014.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all preliminary proposals. KU Research's intent is to select the proposers by Monday, April 21, 2014. This will give the candidates 1 week to prepare for the proposal submission.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy at rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

 Nancy Biles 785-864-7434