Funding Opportunity: Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25


In March, we released an NIH Guide notice informing the community of our intent to continue the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25. We’re now pleased to announce that the IPERT funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-19-383) has been reissued with minor changes. The goal of IPERT is to enable the scientific community to develop and implement innovative educational activities that equip diverse cohorts of participants with the skills required for careers in the biomedical research workforce. IPERT activities must integrate the required components of the Research Education Program Plan (REPP), including the following core elements:

  • Courses for skills development (e.g., activities designed to develop technical, operational, and/or professional skills necessary to conduct rigorous and reproducible research)
  • Mentoring activities (e.g., activities designed to provide career information, advice, and support to research-oriented students, postdoctoral fellows, or independent faculty in biomedical fields)

Each IPERT must address the NIGMS goals of creating a highly skilled and diverse biomedical workforce. Moreover, IPERT is meant to enhance or augment other training activities and must be open to the broader biomedical community, serving at a national or regional scale. Please read the FOA carefully for more details on the requirements of the REPP.

This new announcement incorporates minor changes to the program:

  1. Direct costs are capped at $500,000 per year.
  2. A sustainability plan is required.
  3. Receipt dates are in October 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  4. Proposed activities must be relevant to the areas of biomedical research training supported by NIGMS.

Under this FOA, new and competing renewal applications will be accepted but revised applications (resubmissions) will not. Find additional information about the program on the IPERT webpage.

First application receipt date: October 31, 2019
Earliest start date: July 2020

If you have questions about IPERT, contact Michael Sesma, Edgardo Falcón-Morales, or Desirée Salazar.

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