OSP FO# 11-052

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

PROGRAM: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) during the tenure of the award. The objective of program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.

Applicants must propose a dissertation research project and training program that fall in a research area within the scientific mission of the participating Institutes. The proposed training must offer an opportunity to enhance the fellow’s understanding of the health-related sciences and extend his/her potential for a productive, independent research career. The training should provide the applicant with the opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops. The application should document the need for the proposed research training and the expected value of the proposed fellowship experience as it relates to the individual’s goals for a career as an independent researcher.

Applicants are cautioned that not all NIH Institutes and Centers participate in this program, and that consultation with relevant IC staff prior to submission of an application is strongly encouraged. The participating ICs have different emphases and requirements for this program. Therefore, a prospective applicant is urged to consult the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts (see below) to determine whether the planned research and training falls within the mission of one of the participating NIH ICs.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, Dr PH, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, ScD), a formally combined MD/PhD program, or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral (e.g., DDS/PhD) program in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at an accredited domestic or foreign institution. The Kirschstein-NRSA F31 may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional training (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DPM, DVM, ND, OD, AuD).

NIH will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed. An individual may not have two or more competing NIH fellowship applications pending review concurrently.

DEADLINES: April 8, August 8, and December 8 annually until May 8, 2014
Diversity: April 13, August 13, and December 13 annually until May 8, 2014

FUNDING INFORMATION: This funding opportunity will use the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship (F31) award mechanism. Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA F31 awards provide stipends to predoctoral fellows as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research and clinical training experiences. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Award budgets are composed of stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance. Individuals may receive up to 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (e.g., T32) and an individual fellowship award. Fellowship awards are often limited to 2-3 years.

The awarding NIH IC will adjust awards on the anniversary date of the fellowship award to ensure consistency with the stipend schedule in effect at that time. The most recent stipend, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance levels are described on the Kirschstein-NRSA webpage (http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm). The NIH will contribute to the combined cost of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award. The application should include in the Award Budget the applicable Kirschstein-NRSA institutional allowance to help defray the cost of fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings. Visit NIH Grants Policy Statement: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/url_redirect.htm?id=41126) for more information.

NIH does not separately reimburse indirect costs for fellowships. Costs for administering fellowships are part of Institutional Allowance.

AGENCY CONTACT: Applicants should refer to Table of Institute and Center Contacts (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F31.html and Diversity: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F31_diversity.html) to obtain NIH Institute and Center scientific/research contact information.
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-111.html; Diversity: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-112.html.

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (PA-11-111 or Diversity: PA-11-112) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users. For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.