Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA)

The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities, including interactive digital media resources, that complement or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. SEPA encourages interactive partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) pre-service and in-service teachers, schools and other interested organizations. SEPA supports diversity in the workforce by providing opportunities for students from underserved communities to consider careers in basic or clinical research, provides teachers with professional development in science content and teaching skills and improves community health literacy through SEPA-funded science centers and museum exhibits on health and medicine.

Working together, these partners provide educational resources such as classroom curricula, mobile laboratories, workshops, films, software and websites that give K-12 students, teachers and the public a better understanding of the life sciences.

Science centers and museums across the country use SEPA funding to develop stationary and traveling exhibits on fundamental biology and related topics. SEPA support also provides researchers who study human disease a vehicle for contributing to science education programs by sharing their knowledge and demonstrating the excitement of carrying out health-related research.

A dedicated SEPA website Link to external Website has been established to provide access to the educational materials and expertise produced through these efforts.

SEPA Program Announcement

PAR-17-339 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)(R25). The over-arching goal of the NIGMS SEPA 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 assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, the 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. The SEPA program 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.  Proposed projects may focus on any area of NIH-funded research.

NOT-GM-001 Notice of Correction to Educational Activities Supported by PAR-17-339. Next application receipt date is July 9, 2018

SEPA-Related Educational SBIR/STTR Program Announcements

PAR-18-402 SEPA-Related Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences SBIR Program Announcement. Next application receipt date is September 5, 2018.

PAR-18-403 SEPA-Related Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences STTR Program Announcement. Next application receipt date is September 5, 2018.

PA-18-574 OMNIBUS SOLICITATION OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) AND SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (STTR) GRANT APPLICATIONS - NIH, CDC, and FDA Program Descriptions and Research Topics, page 144.  Next application receipt dates are April 5, 2018 and September 5, 2018

Funded Projects

Conference Reports


For more information about SEPA awards, contact:

Dr. Tony Beck
SEPA Program Director
Division for Research Capacity Building
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
301-480-4623
beckl@mail.nih.gov