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SEPA was created to encourage active biomedical and/or behavioral scientists to work as partners with educators, media experts, community leaders, and other interested organizational leaders on projects that improve student understanding of the health sciences in K-12 education, and increase the public's understanding of science. Since 1991, the program has been administered by the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health. To date, 150 SEPA awards have been distributed across the United States.

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Poster Guideline Details for NIH-SciEd Conference in May

May 1st, 2012

Please visit the conference website for more information about the poster presentation for the NIH SciEd Conference, May 13th - 16th, 2012.

Web Page Highlights

  • Poster board dimensions
  • Downloadable funding logos - required
    • Note that the logo for your project's funder must be in the upper right corner of your poster.
    • If you have already printed your poster and the funding logo is not in the upper right corner, please print the logo on a separate piece of paper that you can clip in that location.
  • Official funding acknowledgement language - required
    • The funding acknowledgement can be placed anywhere on your poster
  • Suggestions for poster content

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April 20th is National DNA Day!

April 9th, 2012

DNA Day April 20th, 2012 The Science Education Partnership Awards celebrates National DNA Day April 20th, 2012! This day in April commemorates the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. It also commemorates the completion of the 13-year Human Genome Project — a project to identify all of the approximately 20,00 to 25,000 genes in human DNA — which concluded in 2003.

More on National DNA Day at the National Human Genome Research Institute website
Search the NIHSEPA website for programs on genetics

SEPA Website Continues to Expand Right Up to the SciEd Conference

April 4th, 2012
Contributed by ~Chris Chipps

The Science Education Partnership Award continues to improve on the Web front. These last few months have seen a blast of improved performance to the hardware. Now grant program searches and page loads take milliseconds. February saw the return of the much improved United States funding map in the ‘SEPA Programs by State’ view. The navigation and content have also improved. In March NIHSEPA launched pages on Twitter (!/nihsepa) and Facebook (, all part of the SEPA Website improvement project spear-headed by the Office of Multimedia Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Texas. Next NIHSEPA will get an entire new look, one that will match the SEPA mobile theme all set to launch before the end of this month, just in time for the May NIH SciEd Conference in Washington D.C.!

The Transfer of NIH Grants From the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to other NIH Funding Components

February 14th, 2012

The transfer of NIH grants from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to other NIH funding components has led to questions about the acknowledgement language to be used in publications, press releases, etc. Please reference both the NCRR and the new funding component on all products resulting from grants that have been transferred, as per the example below:


This project was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the [new funding component] of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number XXXXX.



with active grants have received a new [OD] grant ID number and should use the new OD grant number that will be a permutation of R25OD012345-0X.

"This project was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25 OD012345-0X"

Your OD grant ID number will be listed at your NIH Commons account. If you can’t find the new OD grant ID number email and we will provided it.


SEPAs in 1st or 2nd NCE will not receive a new [OD] grant ID number and should use the old NCRR grant ID number.

 "This project was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25 RR012345-0X"

These directions supersede all prior credit text directions. 

February is American Heart Month

February 1st, 2012

February is American Heart Month; a month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health. Each year, countless American families are impacted by heart disease and stroke. Although its risk factors can be prevented or controlled, it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans, and accounts for $1 out of every $6 dollars spent on health care.  Fortunately, there are many simple steps we can take to prevent heart disease such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and not smoking.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with both public and private partners to raise awareness of heart disease through vital research investments and public health programs. The Million Hearts Initiative takes aim at this disease, with a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years. Other efforts, like the HeartTruth, which addresses women’s heart health, and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, which confronts childhood obesity by helping children choose healthy foods and stay active, work to provide people with resources and ways to make heart healthy changes in their everyday lives .

And thanks to the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, new health plans must now cover recommended preventive services, including blood pressure screening for all adults and cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk, cost-free.

This month, as we take time to educate ourselves about the risks of heart disease, and recognize the efforts of medical researchers and healthcare professionals dedicated to prevention, early detection, and effective treatment, consider what steps you and your family can take to promote and adopt a heart healthy lifestyle.

For more information on American Heart Month, please visit:

For more information on women and heart disease, please visit: or

 More on Your Heart and SEPA

Dissolution of the National Center for Research Resources

January 2nd, 2012

On December 23, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2012 Omnibus Appropriations bill. As part of this legislation, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is dissolved and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is established. Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) is now part of the NIH Office of the Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs. The website SEPA also has a new address at Please visit the National Center for Research Resourses website at for more information regarding the dissolution of NCRR and the transition of other resources to the National Institutes of Health.