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SEPA grant information

The SEPA Program

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative K-12 STEM and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. SEPA projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museums and science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations. SEPA K-12 resources target state and national K-12 standards for STEM teaching and learning and are rigorously evaluated for effectiveness. SEPA is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
NIH Science Education Partnership Award (R25) encourages applications to its SEPA program for the development and evaluation of innovative research education programs to improve PreK-12 research career opportunities and the community's understanding of the health science advances supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical and basic research. SEPA encourages dynamic partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and PreK-12 teachers and schools and other interested organizations. Particular importance will be given to applications that target PreK-12 and/or ISE/media topics that may not be addressed by existing curriculum, community-based or ISE/media activities.
More Information: (R25)  PAR-14-228



Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences
Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate, and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience.

It is anticipated that these grants will facilitate the translation of new or existing health and medicine-based, P-12 STEM curricula and museum exhibits into educational games that will provide a hands-on, inquiry-based and learning-by-doing experience for students, Teachers and the community.
(SBIR)  (R43/R44) PAR-14-325  |  (STTR)  (R41/R42) PAR-14-326


featured websiteGreat Diseases
A Collaborative Approach to Real-World Science in the Classroom

The goal of this collaboration among Tufts University School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts and three high schools, is to engage 11th- and 12th-grade students who do not see the science of their real world experiences mirrored in the classroom. The project will develop and disseminate an inquiry-based biology curriculum focused on current biomedical research in the context of five "great diseases" that challenge global health: infectious, neurological, cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes. Key to the project is aligning content and process in the classroom.

The project will emphasize health issues that affect both people and animals: obesity prevention, cancer prevention and asthma. Website: Great Diseases


Marsha Lakes Matyas, PhD​Marsha Lakes Matyas, PhD​
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Director of Education Programs, The American Physiological Society

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