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Your Environment. Your Health.

Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers: Administrative Supplement


Researchers with R01, R21, R15, R35, R37, or P01 awards may be eligible for administrative supplements to support summer research experiences in the environmental health sciences for high school students, college undergraduates, master’s degree candidates, medical students, secondary school science teachers, and science professors from primarily undergraduate or AREA/R15 eligible institutions. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original grant project.

Instructions on how to submit an application are described in the full announcement, PA-17-055.

Eligibility and Requirements

Any NIEHS-supported R01, R21, R15, R35, R37, or P01 that is active during the supplement award period is eligible. A Principal Investigator (PI) may have only one summer participant funded through this program at any given time, and summer experiences will take place at the institution of the awarded PI. The summer participant must be newly recruited and not currently funded in any way by the PI. A participant may be supported for a second summer provided they are not supported by the PI during the intervening months. Applications are for one summer of funding at a time.

Candidates eligible for support under this supplement program include high school students who have completed the 9th grade; undergraduate students who will have completed at least one year at an accredited school or university (including baccalaureate schools of nursing) at the time their research experience would begin; master’s degree level (e.g., M.S., M.P.H.) candidates enrolled in a relevant science or health science program; medical students; secondary school science teachers; and science professors from primarily undergraduate institutions. Institutions must adhere strictly to these requirements when selecting participants.

These supplements are intended to introduce students and teachers to research in the environmental health sciences that would not otherwise be available to them through their regular course of study. Institutions are encouraged to identify and actively recruit individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Awards under this program are limited to summer participants who are citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States (i.e., in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or some other legal evidence of admission for permanent residence at the time of application). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in possessions of the United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Funds Available

Student Participation Allowance:

The salary for the summer research participant should be consistent with the institutional salary policies. Institutional salary rates for high school students that exceed the hourly minimum wage must be justified. Institutional rates for undergraduate salary that exceed $10 per hour must be justified. Participants may only receive funding for the period of time they participate in the program. Participants are expected to devote sufficient effort to the research project and related activities during the period of support to gain insight into the process of scientific discovery and the environmental health sciences.

Laboratory Supplies:

The institution may request up to $1000 per student to cover the costs of laboratory supplies and research-related expenses. Equipment may not be purchased with these funds.

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time up to January 31 of each year. Review and funding decisions will occur on or about March 15 of that year, with funds awarded in time for summer participation.

Review Criteria

Summer participants are expected to devote sufficient effort, and make meaningful contributions, to the research project and related activities. The applicant should provide a detailed mentoring plan and description of the participant project from planning of the experiments to summarizing data and analyses by the end of the summer (e.g., lab presentation or poster at a meeting). The goal during the period of support is for the participant to gain insight into the process of scientific discovery and environmental health sciences

The administrative supplement requests will be reviewed by NIEHS staff to determine its overall merit according to the following criteria:

  • Is the work proposed a logical extension of the scope of the original grant?
  • Has there been adequate progress on the parent grant appropriate to the current stage of the project?
  • Will the proposed experience enhance the research potential, knowledge, and/or skills of the summer participant?
  • Is a mentorship plan provided and is it appropriate to the level of the participant?
  • Are the proposed activities of the candidate an integral part of the project?
  • Is a recruitment /selection plan described for identifying summer participants? For participants already identified, how were they selected? Is the participant a newly recruited person, not previously funded by the PI?

Applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications using the criteria shown above.


Astrid Haugen
Astrid C. Haugen
Health Specialist
Tel 984-287-3266
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, N.C. 27709
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