Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health


Program Considerations

The duration of training, the transition of trainees to individual support mechanisms, and their progress to the next career stage are important considerations in institutional training programs.  Training PDs/PIs should limit appointments to individuals who are committed to a research career and who plan to remain in training for at least two years, whether that support comes from a training grant or some combination of NRSA and non-NRSA support programs.  Training PDs/PIs should encourage and make available appropriate skills training so that trainees are prepared to apply for subsequent independent support for their training or research program (e.g., an individual fellowship award, mentored career development award, or research project grant), as appropriate for their career stage.  In addition, past studies have shown that health professional trainees who train in programs with postdoctoral researchers who have intensive research backgrounds are more likely to apply for and receive subsequent research grant support.  Programs that emphasize research training for individuals with the MD or other health-professional degrees are therefore encouraged to develop ties to basic science departments and include trainees with research doctorates when this approach is consistent with the goals of the proposed training program.

Biomedical research and the resulting scientific knowledge are increasingly complex and multidisciplinary in nature. Training PDs/PIs are encouraged to develop institutional training programs that will expose trainees to a diversity of scientific approaches, systems for study, research approaches, and tools and technologies. Consideration of team-based research approaches may also be warranted depending upon the goals of the proposed training program.

Within the framework of the NRSA program’s longstanding commitment to excellence and the projected need for investigators in particular areas of research, attention must be given to recruiting trainees from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The career outcomes of individuals supported by NRSA training programs include both research-intensive careers in academia and industry and research-related careers in various sectors, e.g., academic institutions, government agencies, for-profit businesses, and private foundations. Training programs should make available structured, career development advising and learning opportunities (e.g., workshops, discussions, Individual Development Plans). Through such opportunities, trainees are expected to obtain a working knowledge of various potential career paths that would make strong use of the knowledge and skills gained during research training and the steps required to transition successfully to the next stage of their chosen career.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-16-152
Funding Opportunity Title: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Food and Nutrition
Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.113 — Environmental Health
93.172 — Human Genome Research
93.173 — Research Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders
93.213 — Research and Training in Complementary and Integrative Health
93.242 — Mental Health Research Grants
93.273 — Alcohol Research Programs
93.279 — Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs
93.286 — Discovery and Applied Research for Technological Innovations to Improve Human Health
93.351 — Research Infrastructure Programs
93.361 — Nursing Research
93.398 — Cancer Research Manpower
93.837 — Cardiovascular Diseases Research
93.838 — Lung Diseases Research
93.839 — Blood Diseases and Resources Research
93.846 — Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research
93.847 — Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases Extramural Research
93.853 — Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders
93.855 — Allergy and Infectious Diseases Research
93.856 — Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research
93.859 — Biomedical Research and Research Training
93.865 — Child Health and Human Development Extramural Research
93.866 — Aging Research
93.867 — Vision Research
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Mar 25, 2016
Last Updated Date: Mar 25, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jan 07, 2019  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jan 07, 2019  
Archive Date: Feb 07, 2019
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:


Eligible Applicants:
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, and help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nations biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. Research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Programs proposing only short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather to the Kirschstein-NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant Program (T35) exclusively reserved for predoctoral, short-term research training (see PA-16-151).
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