The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this BD2K  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 accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on  Curriculum or Methods Development in Big Data Science to augment current institutional curricula for the training of predoctoral level biomedical scientists and provide concentrated instruction in the tools, approaches and quantitative analysis concepts in data science. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA seeks to support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

Award Information

Applications that request costs for curriculum development may request up to $100,000 per year direct costs; Applications proposing to serve as the lead to coordinate the program may request an additional $50,000, for a total of $150,000 per year direct costs. The maximum project period is 3 years.


Only one application per institution is allowed. 

Application Instructions

Since UCI may submit only 1 proposal in response to this FOA, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research by September 26, 2016 (via the UCI Review application system), with the following information:

  • Brief proposal (up to three pages),
  • Preliminary budget,
  • PI’s NIH biosketch
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean).

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary applications and make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research on which proposal should go forward from UCI.  The selected PI will be notified in time to meet the NIH deadline of December 7, 2016.

For the complete guidelines, please refer to Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.