NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)


NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25) Solicitation

Only one application per institution is allowed.

The over-arching goal of this NHLBI 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 Courses for Skills Development in the principles and methods of contemporary biostatistics as employed in biomedical research today.

With this FOA, NHLBI invites applications for grants to develop, conduct, and evaluate summer courses in the principles and methods of contemporary biostatistics as employed in current biomedical research. The courses will introduce advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, and beginning graduate students to the field of biostatistics for the purpose of attracting new students to the field. The term “biostatistics” is used in the broad sense, including biomedical informatics and data science. NHLBI expects that the proposed courses will cover the fundamental concepts of probability, statistical reasoning, and inferential methods motivated, in part, by examples that include data collected in studies of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Applicants may choose to focus on aspects of biostatistics that are within the areas of strength, interest and expertise of their faculty. It is anticipated that the courses will be taught during the summers of 2019, 2020, and 2021 with appropriate modifications or refinements following the first and second summer sessions.


The PD/PI must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e. not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $240,000 each year

Number of Awards: 6

Maximum Project Period: 3 years


  • Syracuse University Internal Competition Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, May 11th, 2018
  • NIH Letter of Intent (optional) Deadline: 5:00pm Monday, May 28, 2018 – The selected applicant should work with their cognizant research administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs to arrange LOI submission.
  • NIH Application Deadline: 5:00pm Thursday, June 28, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (in a single PDF)

If you are interested and eligible, please submit the Letter of Intent materials in a single pdf document to by Friday, May 11, 2018.  Please use the subject line, “Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)” to ensure timely receipt.

  • Up to 2-page project summary
  • Up to 1-page budget overview: a basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OSP budgets are not required at this time
  • Up to 5-page NIH formatted biosketch for PI and Co-PIs

Internally submitted letters of intent will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research and Associate Deans for Research for nominee selection.  The faculty member selected to move forward will be notified by Monday, May 21st.  

Questions? Please contact Christina Leigh Docteur, Director of Proposal Support Services,