Research Funding Opportunities

March 2018

1. NIH ESTEEMED Research Education Experience Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) invites interested and eligible faculty to submit a pre-proposal for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ESTEEMED Research Education Experience Program.

The ESTEEMED  Program - Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity - will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences and Mentoring Activities for underrepresented undergraduate freshmen and sophomores in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field, especially those fields which broadly impact bioengineering. (See attachment for details.)

The ESTEEMED program is intended to support underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. It will prepare these participants for an Advanced Honors Program, such as a MARC U-STAR (T34) program and institutional program with similar goals, in the junior and senior years and subsequently, to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and a biomedical research career in academia or industry. 

Temple University will be able to submit one proposal in response to this funding opportunity. The R25 instrument mechanism will be used for this proposal submission. 

Full proposals for the current round of the NIH ESTEEMED Program are due to NIH by Thursday, May 24, 2018. A Letter of Intent is due by Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The overarching goal of the ESTEEMED program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce through early preparation for undergraduate students in STEM fields. The program supported by this FOA must contain at least three elements:

a summer bridge program that occurs before the start of the freshman year; 

a program for freshmen and sophomores during the academic year; and

a summer research experience after the sophomore academic year. 

Ideally, at the completion of this program, participants will enter into an independent Honors Program for juniors and seniors at the applicant institution.

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. Ideally, the PD/PI should have a strong history of mentoring and/or designing courses for underrepresented students, as well as experience managing programs of this nature.

Pre-proposals for internal review are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018. Please send as a single pdf to

Pre-Proposal Requirements

Interested and eligible faculty should prepare a pre-proposal that includes the following:

Descriptive title of proposed activity;

Name(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s);

Names of other key personnel;

Participating institution(s), if any;

2-page project summary of the proposed research education program;

1-page description of proposed resources for the research education activity;

full curriculum vitae (including other support information) for the PI and all key personnel.

Please direct all inquiries and pre-proposals to


2. Grantsmanship Training Workshop: Wednesday, March  28/Research Career Development: Senior Faculty

Temple University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will present a free workshop opportunity Wednesday, March 28, 2018 on Career Development Strategies for Senior Faculty.

This workshop is part of the collaborative Grantsmanship Training Series OVPR has designed with national consultants Hanover Research for the 2017-18 academic year.

This customized training is aimed at senior career investigators in the social sciences and humanities disciplines with more than 15-20 years' experience as independent academic research professionals. Any senior level faculty researcher is welcome to attend, however.

The workshop will present an overview of the current funding climate for this cohort of investigators, as well as outline strategies on how to develop/design resources to attain the ability to leverage research experience with opportunities for funding and how to make contributions to individual and/or university research programs and initiatives.

Concepts discussed during this session will include how to:

find and understand grant opportunities aligned with individual interests and goals;

balance grantseeking efforts with other faculty commitments;

develop an annual strategy for grantseeking;

craft a winning biosketch.

A Hanover Grants Consultant will walk attendees through the types of funding offered in their field, highlight target funding priorities and their purpose, explore a grantseeking goal-setting process and discuss development of a grantseeking calendar. Attendees will also be actively engaged in reviewing and revising a biosketch.

If you are interested in attending the session, please take time to let us know what funders/funding mechanisms are of interest to you so we may better tailor this session for our attendees. Send suggestions to Rosemary C. Dillon by 3/22/18.

The March 28 workshop will be held in Shusterman Hall on Main Campus. Two identical sessions will be offered; the morning session is 9 a.m. – noon; the afternoon session will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided at each session.

Shusterman Hall is located on Liacouras Walk directly across from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

RSVP BY 3/22/18  for the workshop attendance to Rosemary C. Dillon at

Include the following in your RSVP:

  • Subject Line: March 28 Workshop RSVP;
  • Full Name (as it appears on your TU ID);
  • Title;
  • Research Area of Expertise;
  • College/School Affiliation;
  • Workshop session desired – morning or afternoon.

For questions or further information, please contact Rosemary C. Dillon (