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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Science Education Partnership Award (R25)

Deadline: November 20, 2017

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) is presented through the National Institute of Health (NIH) in partnership with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). SEPA supports P-12 and informal science education (ISE) activities that: (1) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; and (2) foster a better understanding of NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research and its public health implications. Applications that target P-12 or ISE topics that may not be addressed by existing school, community, or ISE-based activities are encouraged. SEPA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

1. Courses for skills development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.

2. Research experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate and medical, dental, nursing and other health professional students: to provide research experiences and related training not available through formal NIH training mechanisms; for postdoctorates, medical residents, and faculty: to extend their skills, experiences, and knowledge base; for high school and college science teachers: to enhance their science teaching.

3. Mentoring activities: For example, dedicated efforts at providing not only technical expertise, but advice, insight, and professional career skills to college students, graduate students, postdoctorates and/or early-career faculty.

4. Curriculum or Methods Development, including:

  • Innovative and inquiry-based P-12 curricula that will increase student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics, understanding of the scientific research process and motivation to pursue careers in basic and medical research. Examples include improving biomedical, behavioral, or clinical science education, or developing novel instructional approaches or computer-based educational tools.
  • Citizen or crowd-sourced projects where non-scientists participate in scientific research either alone or in collaboration with scientists.
  • Maker movement projects where students and teachers learn by “doing” or “making” in or outside the classroom.
  • Veterinarian-based P-12 projects or ISE exhibits that will encourage students to consider careers in veterinary medicine or projects designed to educate students, teachers, and the community on the need for, and the ethical use of, animals in research.
  • Curriculum or methods development activities for P-12 Teachers that provide instruction in novel approaches to STEM curriculum that challenge the current knowledge base of pedagogy and problem based learning.
  • Interactive digital media (IDM)-based projects where scientists partner with educators and developers to create learning resources for P-12 students, teachers, and the public. IDM applications may include, but are not limited to: interactive curricula; attitude changes towards learning; new skills development; teamwork and group activities; public participation in scientific research (citizen science) projects and in behavioral changes in lifestyle and health Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).
  • CBPR projects on important health prevention issues such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
    Public service announcements, documentaries, films, radio, TV, and other media-based community health literacy resources.
  • Science center and museum-based exhibits, traveling exhibits, and public outreach activities (e.g., science cafes and community health fairs that will educate students, teachers, and the community on health-related topics).

5. Outreach: Collaborations and leveraging with the following programs and other educational organizations are encouraged:

Amount: A total of $2,000,000 is available to award grants that range up to $250,000 annually. The project period is five years.

Eligibility: Public/state controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; nonprofits other than institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations; governments; and other organizations such as independent school districts, Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities, Native American tribal organizations, faith-based or community-based organizations, regional organizations, or charter schools.

Link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-339.html

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