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National Institutes of Health Summer Research Program

Published on July 25, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

The purpose of the NIH Summer Research Experience Program (referred to as the “Summer Research Program”) is to provide a high quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break.  The NIH expects that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.  The programs would also contribute to enhancing overall science literacy.  Summer Research Programs that expand and complement existing summer educational and training programs are encouraged.

Eligible Organizations

Higher Education Institutions:

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)


  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • U.S. Territory or Possession


  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations) are not eligible to apply. Foreign (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not allowed.

Application Due Date(s)
 August 1, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
AIDS Application Due Date(s)
 September 6, 2012  by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
Scientific Merit Review
 October 2012
Advisory Council Review
 January 2013
Earliest Start Date(s)
 May 1, 2013
Expiration Date
September 7, 2012

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