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ARCHIVED - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) (PA-09-207)
Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions
Release Date: June 10, 2009
Expiration Date:February 16, 2010

- NIH Institute or Center
- Scientific/Research Contact
- Financial or Grants Management Contact

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Activities
Gateway Building, Room 2C218
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Use Bethesda MD 20814 for express mailing
Office phone: 301-496-9322

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Linda Whipp
Chief, Grants and Contracts Management Office
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 2N212
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-1472

NIA Specific Information:

Applicants are encouraged to submit a research training proposal in the area of social, behavioral, and/ or biological science which has important implications for the well-being of the aging population. Applicants must document that the proposed graduate program and research project offers them an opportunity to develop expert research skills and knowledge leading to a research career combining social, behavioral, or biological sciences. For more information on the priority areas for the Behavioral and Social Research, Biology of Aging and Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Programs, the following link from the National Institute on Aging website is a useful resource:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dr. Peter Gao
Division of Metabolism and Health Effects
5635 Fishers Lane
Rm.2102, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 443-6106

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Judy Fox
Chief, Grants Management Branch
5635 Fishers Lane, Rm. 3023, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD., 20892-9304
Telephone: (301) 443-4704

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of fellowships and career development programs to ensure the training of highly qualified new investigators in alcohol-related research. Training opportunities under this announcement include research in the social, behavioral, biomedical, biological, and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Janet L. Cyr, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Programs
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400C
6120 Executive Blvd., MSC-7180
Bethesda, MD 20892-7180
(for courier, zip code is 20852)
Telephone: (301) 402-3458

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Christopher Myers
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Activities
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400B
6120 Executive Blvd., MSC-7180
Bethesda , MD 20892-7180
Telephone: (301) 402-0909

NIDCD Specific Information:

The NIDCD utilizes the F30 award for the research training of clinician-scientists pursuing the full-range of dual health professional/clinical and research doctoral degrees in an integrated program, such that both degrees are conferred at the end of the period of doctoral study. Health professional students who are pursuing a research doctoral degree within the NIDCD scientific mission independently of their clinical doctoral training (i.e., they are not enrolled in an integrated dual-degree program) should consider submitting a dissertation-stage F31 award application to the NIDCD.

F30 applications are generally submitted during the first two years of dual-degree training, but may be submitted at any phase of training, provided that at least one year of dissertation-stage training will remain at the expected time of award.

The NIDCD strongly prefers that training in the responsible conduct of research be taken within the format of an in-person course or seminar series, allowing for face-to-face discussion of material presented and assigned. Specify the topics to be covered by the training program and when it will be completed. If training in the responsible conduct of research has been completed within the last three years and the sponsor considers that the applicant is appropriately trained in this domain, the applicant may document the training completed (specifying the topics covered and the date of completion) without proposing a new training plan.

The NIDCD conducts the peer review of applications for this fellowship program within its Scientific Review Branch, based on the expedited review schedule of four to five months from submission to award.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Extramural Training Officer
6701 Democracy, Room 688
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-4263

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Grants Management Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 656
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Phone: (301) 594-4798

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR utilizes the F30 fellowship to provide support for an integrated dental and graduate research training program that leads to attainment of both the DDS/DMD and PhD (or equivalent) degrees.

There is a critical need for clinician-scientists with the dental training and research experience to conduct basic and clinical research in areas relevant to the mission of the NIDCR, which is to improve the oral health of all people. The fellowship provides an approach to expand the cadre of well-trained oral health scientists by stimulating early commitment to research careers by outstanding dental students. The NIDCR anticipates that graduates of the dual degree program will be able to bring to basic and clinical studies of dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease the fundamental knowledge and insight from such fields as microbiology and microbial pathogenesis, immunology and immunotherapy, infectious diseases, AIDS and oral manifestations of immunosuppression, developmental biology, mammalian genetics, mammalian cell regulation, pharmacogenetics, molecular and cellular neurobiology, biotechnology and biomaterials, epidemiology, clinical trials methodology, behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics and health services research.

Applicants for the NIDCR F30 award must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited US dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent) program, and must propose to conduct research in areas of high priority to the NIDCR and public health significance to dental, oral and craniofacial conditions and document that the proposed graduate program and research project offers them an opportunity to develop expert research skills and knowledge leading to a research career in a scientific field relevant to dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease.  NIDCR will not accept applications from candidates enrolled in an MD/PhD or other type of dual degree program.

NIDCR F30 dual degree fellows may receive up to 6 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level, including any combination of Kirschstein-NRSA support from institutional research training grants and individual fellowships.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
6707 Democracy Blvd, Room 791
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5460
Telephone: 301-594-7719

Digestive and Liver Diseases, Obesity, and Nutrition:
Judith Podskalny, Ph.D.
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 667
Bethesda, MD 20892-5450
Telephone: (301) 594-8876

Kidney and Urologic Diseases:
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 623
Bethesda, MD 20892-5854
Phone: (301) 594-4748

Hematologic Diseases:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D.
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 619
Bethesda, MD 20892-5458
Telephone: (301) 594-7726

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Shelly Carow
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 610
Bethesda, MD 20892-5453
Telephone: (301) 594-8853

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK will support students who have identified a dissertation project, and appropriate dissertation director, in an area of research supported by the Institute: diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases; gastroenterology, hepatology, obesity, nutrition; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic disorders. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NIDDK program director before beginning the process of applying for a fellowship.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Office of Science Policy and Communications
6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 5232,
MSC 9591
Bethesda, MD 20892-9591
Telephone: (301) 443-6071

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Yinka Abu
Grants Management Officer
Grants Management Branch
6101 Executive Blvd, Suite 270 , MSC 8403
Bethesda , MD 20892-8403
FEDEX: Rockville , MD 20852-8403
Telephone: (301) 204-6421

NIDA Specific Information:

NIDA supports the training of predoctoral fellows conducting drug abuse and addiction research. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to contact a NIDA Program Official in their area of interest, prior to preparing an application. For a list of NIDA training contacts, please see For additional guidance on applying for this predoctoral fellowship, visit

National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dr. Michael C. Humble
Program Administrator
Cellular, Organ and Systems Pathobiology Branch
P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-15
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: (919) 316-4621

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Mrs. Lisa Edwards
Grants Management Specialist
Grants Management Branch
P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-11
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: (919) 541-0751

NIEHS Specific Information:

Training opportunities supported under this announcement by the NIEHS are expected to focus on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding how environmental factors, individual susceptibility and age interrelate in the disease process.

Fellowship proposals should examine/address how an environmentally relevant toxicant or exposure is, or might be, involved in a human health endpoint such as a specific human disease, dysfunction, pathophysiologic condition, or relevant disease process. Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, and fungal/bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when agents are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect.

Fellowship proposals may include research in the Environmental Public Health field in which communities which are exposed to environmental exposures or have concerns about environmentally related diseases are actively engaged in all stages of research, dissemination and evaluation. Examples of proposals in the Environmental Public Health field include investigating the health effects / impacts of environmental exposures that disproportionately burden low income or minority communities, investigating emerging environmental threats to communities, investigating exposure-related diseases that are of great concern to a community, and research and evaluation methodology to improve the theories and implementation strategies for working with communities to address their environmental health concerns. Fellows would learn how to conduct research using community based participatory methods, create outreach and education programs and translate research finding to a vast array of stakeholders.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Erica Rosemond, PhD
6001 Executive Blvd.
Room 7195 MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645
Phone: (301) 443-3107

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Victoria C. Carper, MPA
Supervisory Grants Management Officer
6001 Executive Blvd.
Room 6118, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD 20892-9605
Phone: (301) 443-3858

NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience and behavioral science, human genetics, adult and pediatric translational research, services and intervention research, and health and behavior and AIDS-related research ( We encourage multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research training pertinent to the NIMH mission. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff ( before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and training plans.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D.
Director of Training and Career Development
Neuroscience Center, Rm 2186
6001 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-9531(Courier: Rockville, MD 20852)
Phone: (301) 496-4188

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Yvonne Talley
Grants Management Specialist
6001 Executive Blvd. NSC/Rm. 3252
Bethesda, MD 20892-9537
Rockville, MD 20852-(Express Mail)
Phone: (301) 496-7432

NINDS Specific Information:

The NINDS supports researchers who propose to conduct biomedical research in areas of high priority/public health significance to neurological sciences and who document that the proposed graduate program and proposed research project offer them an opportunity to develop expert research skills and knowledge leading to a research career in neurological sciences. Applicants for F30 awards are STRONGLY encouraged to contact an NINDS Program Director before they begin to prepare their application, as NINDS will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of scientists with interests relevant to the mission of NINDS.

It is requested that applicants provide a timeline in all F30 submissions of their entire MD/PhD program, and specify when during this timeline medical school curricula and research will be pursued. This timeline should list the actual months and years (i.e. calendar months and years, not just “year 1, year 2, year 3”, etc.) of their program, with highlighted reference to the dates within that timeline for which F30 support is requested. A convenient place to put this information would be under item 9 in the Candidate section of the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form.

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dr. Mary Frances Picciano
Senior Nutrition Research Specialist
6100 Executive Blvd., Rm. 3B01
Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-435-3608

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Not Applicable.

ODS Specific Information:

ODS does not receive applications, and does not fund applications directly, but provides funds to other ICs to support areas aligned with the mission of ODS.

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