OSP FO# 11-083

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/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 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)/National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)/Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

PROGRAM: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals who are training for careers in specified areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. The primary objective of the T32 program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Accordingly, the NRSA program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs (including those with short term research training components).

ELIGIBILTY RESTRICTIONS: Individuals selected to participate as trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of appointment. In addition, trainees must be able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.

Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment, and must be training at a post-baccalaureate level and enrolled in a program leading to a Ph.D. in science or an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Health professional school trainees must be enrolled and should have successfully completed at least one semester in a program leading to a clinical doctorate, or a doctorate in a quantitative science such as physics, mathematics, or engineering.

Further, NRSA traineeships may not be used to support studies leading to an M.D., D.D.S., or other clinical, health-professional training except when those studies are part of a formal combined research degree program, such as the M.D./Ph.D

DEADLINE: January 25, May 25, and September 25, until May 8, 2014.

FUNDING INFORMATION: This funding opportunity will use the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) T32 award mechanism. Because the nature and scope of the proposed training program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Awards can be made for periods up to 5 years and are renewable.

Kirschstein-NRSA awards provide stipends as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research and clinical training experiences. NIH will contribute to the combined cost of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award. For individual predoctoral fellowships, an amount equal to 60% of the level requested by the sponsoring institution, up to $16,000 per year, will be provided. If the program supports formally combined dual-degree training the amount provided will be up to $21,000 per year. For individual postdoctoral fellowships and individual senior fellowships, an amount equal to 60% of the level requested by the applicant institution, up to $4,500 per year, will be provided. If the program supports postdoctoral individuals in formal degree-granting training, the amount provided will be up to $16,000 per year. For postdoctoral fellows, costs associated with tuition and fees are allowable only if they are required for specific courses in support of the research training. For more information please go to: http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm.

Additionally, the applicant institution may request the NIH standard NRSA Training Related Expenses (FY 2010: $4,200 annually for each predoctoral trainee and $7,850 annually for each postdoctoral trainee) to help defray other costs of the training experience, such as such as health insurance, staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies, and faculty/staff travel directly related to the research training program. Institutions may also request indirect costs equal to 8% of total allowable direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, health insurance, consortiums in excess of $25, 000, and expenditures for equipment).

AGENCY CONTACT:
Applicants should refer to the NIH Web site http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_T32.html for each Institute or Center’s scientific/research contact for this NRSA T32 program. The complete program guidelines may be accessed via the web at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-184.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-11-184) 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.