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Institutional Training and Research Education Awards

NIA supports awards to institutions including universities and research institutes to support the development and continuation of research training programs, career development programs, and research education programs. To learn instead about awards for individual emerging researchers, please explore NIA's individual early career awards.

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NEW: Expanding Research in AD/ADRD awards

NIA has two new R25 programs supporting research education program in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The postbaccalaureate award supports programs for recent graduates, and the summer research award supports programs for undergraduates, high schoolers, and K-12 STEM teachers. The next due date is May 24, 2024. Explore these two awards and view a pre-application webinar recording.

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Training Grants
Number Title Description
T32 Institutional Research Training Grant

To enable institutions to give NRSA awards to individuals for predoctoral and postdoctoral research.

T32 Co-funded Training Slots To fill approved unfunded training positions on other NIH-supported institutional research training grants.
AD/ADRD T32 AD/ADRD Institutional Awards

To build a collaborative and creative scientific workforce to bridge the existing expertise gaps in AD drug discovery and preclinical therapy development.

NINDS AD/ADRD T32 NINDS AD/ADRD Institutional Awards

To train neuroscientists who will make a significant contribution to research on AD/ADRD.

Predoctoral T32 in Neuroscience JSPTPN T32

To provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable predoctoral students to become successful research scientists.

T35 Short-Term Training for Health Professional Students

To provide individuals with research training during off quarters or summer periods

Important Notes for Training Grants:

NIA accepts Institutional Training Grant applications on a single receipt date each year in May. See the NIH Office of Extramural Research Grants and Funding website for current submission dates.

Research Education Awards




R25 NIA ERA: Expanding Research in AD/ADRD

To expand and diversify the skilled AD/ADRD research workforce by funding postbaccalaureate and summer research education programs.


NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergraduate Education (ADAR)

To support educational activities that encourage undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in aging research.

R25 BRAIN Initiative-Related Research Education: Short Courses

To support courses that will advance the educational goals of the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

R25 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)

To support classroom-based projects and informal science education for pre-college students.

R25 REDI Entrepreneurship Enhancement Award

To promote the development of entrepreneurial education programs that broaden the skillsets of graduate students and postdocs and prepare them for a wide range of career paths.

R25 Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)

To support neuroscience-focused research experiences for undergraduates, developed by institutional partnerships.

R25 INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE)

To support creative and innovative short courses that train the next generation of Down syndrome researchers in state-of-the-art clinical research skills.


Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR)

Support for research programs for clinical residents who will transition to individual career development awards.


Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN)

Supports research training programs in low- and middle-income countries, with a goal of strengthening the non-communicable disease research capacity of international institutions.

Research and Capacity Building Awards




R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions

To support small scale research grants, with an emphasis on providing biomedical research experiences for undergraduate students, and enhancing the research environment at applicant institutions.

  • NOFO: PAR-21-155 (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NOFO: PAR-21-154 (Clinical Trial Required)
  • Expires: May 8, 2024


Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools

To support small scale research grants, with an emphasis on providing biomedical research experiences primarily for health professional and graduate students.

  • NOFO: PAR-22-060 (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NOFO: PAR-21-357 (Clinical Trial Required)
  • Expires: Jan. 8, 2025
S10 Instrumentation Grant Program for Resource-Limited Institutions

Supports the purchase of state-of-the-art scientific instruments to enhance the research and educational missions of resource-limited institutions.

UC2 STrengthening Research Opportunities for NIH Grants (STRONG): Structured Institutional Needs Assessment and Action Plan Development for Resource Limited Institutions (RLIs)

A cooperative program to support resource limited institutions in conducting research capacity needs assessments and developing action plans based on the results of those assessments.

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