University of Southern California


PAR-19-215: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                           February 12, 2021, 5pm PT

LOI:                                                       April 26, 2021

External Deadline:                          May 28, 2021

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Anticipated Amount: Direct costs of up to $20,000 per year may be requested.  Programs that include a clinical immersion program outside the academic year and lasting 6 to 10 weeks may request an additional $20,000 to cover participant costs (see Participant Costs section below), yielding a total of $40,000 in direct costs.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application through the Office of Research Application Portal: Select the ‘Limited Submission’ up top to submit.

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

Link to Award:                          

Who May Serve as PI:                   The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in biomedical engineering or a related field, and should possess relevant experience required to coordinate, supervise, and direct the proposed design course/program.


The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this NIBIB 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.

This FOA seeks to support programs that  include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation’s needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment. While current best practices such as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, introduction to the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion remain encouraged components of a strong BME program, this FOA also challenges institutions to propose other novel, innovative and/or ground-breaking activities that can form the basis of the next generation of biomedical engineering design education.

Budgetary Requirements:

Personnel Costs

Individuals designing, directing, and implementing the research education program may request salary and fringe benefits appropriate for the person months devoted to the program. Salaries requested may not exceed the levels commensurate with the institution’s policy for similar positions and may not exceed the congressionally mandated cap. (If mentoring interactions and other activities with participants are considered a regular part of an individual’s academic duties, then any costs associated with the mentoring and other interactions with participants are not allowable costs from grant funds).

As the activities associated with this FOA are considered a regular part of an academician’s activities, faculty salary for the academic year is not allowed. Up to $5,000 may be requested as summer salary for PD/PI(s) that engage in activities that are not a part of their regular academic duties, such as coordinating a clinical immersion program or conducting workshops to discuss clinical immersion observations for needs identification and project development.  Whether funds are requested for a single PD/PI or multiple PD/PIs, the total faculty salary request for the program cannot exceed $5,000 annually.

Up to $5,000 may also be requested for a) technical staff who directly support students in their design projects and/or b) administrators who directly support a given aspect of the design or implementation of the course such as the restructuring of an existing course to enable interdisciplinary participation in the course, or working with clinical departments to establish and run a clinical immersion program.

Total salary costs requested may not exceed $10,000 ($5,000 for faculty summer salary and $5,000 for the technical staff and/or administrators) annually.

Participant Costs

Individuals selected for participation in this program must be undergraduate students majoring or minoring in biomedical engineering/bioengineering.

Allowable participant costs for this funding opportunity are limited salary provided to students engaging in a full-time, 6 to 10-week clinical immersion period outside of the academic year.  Up to $20,000 may be requested annually.  The participant salary requested should not exceed $10 per hour or, if the state-mandated minimum wage is higher, the minimum hourly wage specified by the state. Participant costs are capped at $4,000 per participant per year.

Expenses for foreign travel are not allowed.

Participant costs must be itemized in the Participant/Trainee Section of the budget and justified in the budget justification.

Other Program-Related Expenses

Consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel for key persons, and other program-related expenses may be included in the proposed budget. These expenses must be justified as specifically required by the proposed program and must not duplicate items generally available at the applicant institution.

The budgets for applications to this FOA can include support for, but are not limited to, the following items:

-Purchase of necessary supplies and parts.

-Hiring of machine shop/prototyping services.

-Support for guest lecturers from academia or industry with direct experience in design planning, translation, or commercialization.

-Support for web-based resources for patent searches, regulatory procedures, and business plans,

-Support for PD(s)/PI(s) or mentor(s) of the program to attend scientific meetings specifically to present activities and outcomes of the course/program supported by this FOA.

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

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