OSP FO# 11-053

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

PROGRAM: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides support for promising postdoctoral researchers who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators. The proposed postdoctoral training must offer an opportunity to enhance the applicant’s understanding of the health-related sciences, and must be within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research or other specific disciplines relevant to the research mission of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). Applicants with a health professional doctoral degree may use the proposed postdoctoral training to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master’s degree, a research doctoral degree or any other advanced research degree program. The objective of the 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 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 received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable. A Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA fellowship may not be used to support the clinical years of residency training. However, these awards are appropriate for the research fellowship years of a residency program. Research clinicians must devote full-time to their proposed research training and confine clinical duties to those activities that are part of the research training program.

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.

FUNDING INFORMATION: This funding opportunity will use the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) award mechanism. Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA F32 awards provide stipends to postdoctoral 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 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (e.g. T32) and an individual fellowship award.

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 the Table of Institute and Center Contacts (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_F32.html).
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-113.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-11-113) 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 either 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.