Through the NIH Summer Research Experience Program, NIEHS awards grants to universities and institutions of higher education to provide research experiences in the environmental health sciences for high school students, college undergraduates, and science teachers during the summer academic break.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Help attract young students to careers in science.
  • Enable science teachers to communicate about the scientific process more effectively to their students.
  • Encourage individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to pursue further studies or careers in research.
  • Provide college students with a valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school.

NIEHS R25 Summer Research Programs provide students and teachers with the opportunity to engage in research projects with established environmental health scientists. Program participants also benefit from educational courses and seminars designed to impart an appreciation of research that explores how the environment affects human health. Both the research and educational experiences focus on how environmental exposures affect human health and disease.

Funding Opportunities

  • See the full funding opportunity announcement for the R25 Summer Research Education Experience Program (PAR-21-168).
  • Watch the recording of a 2021 informational webinar in which NIH representatives discussed requirements in the Summer Education Experience Program funding opportunity (PAR-21-168) and answered questions from the audience.

Program Contact

Mike Humble, Ph.D.
Mike Humble, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Basic Science
Tel 984-287-3272
[email protected]
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, NC 27709