The SEPA Program

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. SEPA projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and teachers and schools, museums and science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations. SEPA K-12 resources target state and national K-12 standards for STEM teaching and learning and are rigorously evaluated for effectiveness. SEPA is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce and in developing research capacities throughout the country. Additional opportunities are available through the NIH Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
(PAR-17-339)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Application Receipt Date(s): November 20, 2017; July 9, 2018; July 9, 2019 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The goal of the R25 Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is support pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) and informal science education activities that: (1) enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs and (2) foster a better understanding of NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its public health implications.

All types of applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

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Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences  (STTR/SBIR) (R41/R42/R43/44)

(PAR-18-402/PAR-18-403)
Application Receipt Date(s): January 5, 2018; September 5, 2018; September 5, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Interactive digital media (IDM) are defined as products and services on digital computer-based systems which respond to the user’s actions by presenting content such as text, moving image, animation, video, audio, and video games.  There is a large body of evidence that IDM technology has the potential to support learning in a variety of contexts from primary and secondary schools, to universities, adult education and workplace training.  IDM is widely used to train, educate, and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience.

These two funding opportunities will facilitate the translation of new or existing health and medicine-based, P-12 STEM curricula and museum exhibits into educational Interactive Digital Media STEM (IDM STEM) resources that will provide a hands-on, inquiry-based and learning-by-doing experience for students, teachers and the community.

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant PAR-18-402
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-402.html

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-403.html