Grants and Funding
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) (PA-11-111)
Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions
Release Date: February 10, 2011
Expiration Date: May 8, 2014


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

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute
Center for Cancer Training
Cancer Training Branch
Branch Phone: 240-276-5630

Scientific/Research Contact:
Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.
Program Director
Email: mschmidt@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
James Pugh M.I.M., M.B.A.
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Administration 
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Email: pughjd@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-6281

NCI-Specific Information:

The NCI uses the F31 fellowship to provide support for graduate research training that leads to attainment of a PhD degree.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications during the first three years of training to ensure that at least one year of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.

NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training.

The primary sponsor must be the Principal Investigator (PI) of an R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed cancer-focused research grant at the time of application. The primary sponsor is expected to maintain such grant support during the project period. For the NCI F31 award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations.  The award duration must be for at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify. 

Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found on
http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/cancertraining/outsidenci/f31.  

Award start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until after the earliest possible start date.

National Human Genome Research Institute  

Scientific/Research Contact:
Genomic Sciences:
Christina Gatlin, Ph.D.
e-mail: christine.gatlin@nih.gov

Genomic Medicine:  Heather Junkins, M.S.
e-mail:  junkinsh@mail.nih.gov

Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Research:
Joy Boyer
E-mail: boyerj@exhange.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Cheryl Chick
Chief Grants Management Officer,
Email: ChickC@mail.nih.gov

NHGRI Specific Information:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read “Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside” (http://www.genome.gov/27543215) to familiarize themselves with the research areas of interest to the Institute. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary applications from institutions that can demonstrate academic excellence in genomics, proteomics, the quantitative sciences; one or more of the non-biological scientific disciplines appropriate for genomic/proteomic analyses and interpretation, and disciplines relevant to the ethical, legal and social implications of research (ELSI), have outstanding faculties that are committed and are willing to cooperate in developing students trained in genomics/proteomic sciences/ ELSI training program with a strong emphasis on the development, rather than the application, of new technologies, have access to a pool of highly qualified graduate students, and can develop sound training plans. NHGRI Program Directors are happy to discuss with potential applicants and their mentors their concept for this initiative during the development stage of the application.

National Institute on Aging

Scientific/Research Contact:
Michael-David Kerns, Ph.D.
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2C218
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-9322
Email: kernsmd@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Pam Adewunmi
Grants and Contracts Management Office
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2N212
Bethesda , MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-1472
Email: adewunmp@nia.nih.gov

NIA Specific Information:

See http://www.nia.nih.gov/GrantsAndTraining/TrainingSupport.htm

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Scientific/Research Contact:
Ivana Grakalic, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience and Behavior
5635 Fishers Lane , Room2050, MSC 9304
Bethesda , MD 20892-9304
Telephone: (301) 443-7600
Email: igrakalic@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Judy Fox
Chief, Grants Management Branch
5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023, MSC 9304
Bethesda , MD 20892-9304
Telephone: (301) 443-4704
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of research training opportunities for promising scientists in alcohol-related research [see related web page]. Applications are accepted from all areas of research, including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. NIAAA conducts the peer review of applications submitted to this fellowship program within its Extramural Project Review Branch. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff prior to preparing an application.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Scientific/Research Contact:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Program Director
Muscle Development and Physiology
Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases
EP/NIAMS/NIH
1 Democracy Plaza
Suite 854
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 594-5585
Email: boycea@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Katie Joffee
Grants Management Specialist
NIAMS
One Democracy Plaza
6701 Democracy Blvd, Suite 800
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4872
Telephone: (301) 594-5891
Email:  joffeek@mail.nih.gov

NIAMS Specific Information:

Specific information on NIAMS F awards can be found at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Funding/Funding_Opportunities/activity_codes.asp

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Scientific/Research Contact:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Program Director
Division of Interdisciplinary Training
Democracy II, Suite 200
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477
Telephone: (301) 451-4797
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Eunica Haynes
Grants Management Specialist
Grants Management Branch
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 900, MSC 5469
Bethesda, MD 20892-5469
Telephone: (301)451-4791
Email: haynese@mail.nih.gov

NIBIB Specific Information:

NIBIB Specific Information: NIBIB utilizes the F31 grant mechanism to support outstanding predoctoral students who are engaged in a course of research and study that will result in rigorous, broadly based bioengineering or bioimaging training. NIBIB further employs this mechanism to promote diversity in bioengineering and bioimaging workforce, and will give priority to applications from individuals with diversity backgrounds.  Applicants for F31 awards are STRONGLY encouraged to contact the NIBIB Scientific/Research Contact on the left before they begin to prepare their application, as NIBIB will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of researchers with interests relevant to the mission of NIBIB. Support will be provided for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, applicants must have completed their main coursework,  passed their qualifying exam, and be ready to engage in full-time research by the start date of the award in order to receive support.   Additional information on NIBIB’s training programs can be found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/training-careers.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Policy
Extramural Training Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2C01
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7510
(for express/courier use, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone:  301-451-3371
FAX:  301-480-2400
Email:  dtwombly@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Bryan S. Clark, MBA 
Chief Grants Management Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 8A01A, MSC 7510
Bethesda, Maryland  20892-7510
(for express/courier use, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone: (301) 435-6975
FAX: (301) 402-0915
Email: clarkb1@mail.nih.gov

NICHD Specific Information:

NICHD uses the F31 fellowship to provide support for graduate-level training leading to a Ph.D. degree.  Although the NICHD has a very broad mission, we limit our F31 fellowship program in order to support the development of new researchers and enhance the scientific workforce in specific topic areas that align with our research vision for the future.  Therefore, NICHD will accept F31 applications in the following areas only:  obstetric and pediatric pharmacology and therapeutics;  intellectual and developmental disabilities;  fertility, infertility and contraceptive development; medical rehabilitation research; and biology of the placenta.   These topics of focus are described in more detail in the NICHD scientific branch descriptions linked at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/areas-research/Pages/default.aspx.

NICHD will only provide F31 support for the research years of students in doctoral programs. In addition, students must be within the first 6 years of graduate school to receive support. Exceptions to these policies may be made in rare and unusual circumstances, and will require a written waiver from the NICHD staff.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early enough to ensure that at least two years of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.
 
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NICHD’s Scientific/Research Contact before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research and training to the Institute’s research priorities.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Scientific/Research Contact:
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer 
Division of Scientific Programs
National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
Executive Plaza South, Rm. 400D
6120 Executive Blvd., MSC-7180
Bethesda, MD 20892-7180
Tel: 301-496-1804
Fax: 301-402-6251
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov

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
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:

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

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Institute's Scientific/Research Contact in the early stages of formulating an application to ensure that the proposed research is within NIDCD's scientific purview. In addition, please consult NIDCD's Fellowship Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/funding/types/pages/fellowship_faqs.aspx.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Scientific/Research Contact:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Extramural Training Officer
Research Training and Career Development Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 688
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-4263
Email: friedenla@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Mary Daley
Chief Grants Management Officer
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 658
Bethesda , MD 20892
Phone: 301-594-4808
Email: md74u@nih.gov

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR uses the F31 predoctoral fellowship award to support graduate research training that leads to attainment of a PhD degree.  The proposed dissertation research and training must be in a research area relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchPriorities/StrategicPlan/). Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in oral, dental and craniofacial health research.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDCR Program Official noted in the contact table before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.  

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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
Email: ghimm@mail.nih.gov

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) 490-3203
Email: abuy@nida.nih.gov

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 http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchTraining/Contacts.html. For additional guidance on applying for this predoctoral fellowship, visit http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchTraining/Predocfaqs.html.

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific/Research Contact:
Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7129
Bethesda, MD 20892-9632
Telephone: 301-443-3645
Email: rubiome@mail.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Rebecca Claycamp, MS, CRA
Chief, Grants Management Officer
6001 Executive Blvd, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD  20892-9605
Phone: (301) 443-2811
Email: rclaycam@mail.nih.gov

NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience and behavioral science, human genetics, adult and developmental translational research, services and intervention research, and AIDS-related research (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/nimh-extramural-research-programs.shtml). We encourage multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research training pertinent to the NIMH mission and our Strategic Plan (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml).

See http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/nimh-nrsa-practices-and-guidance.shtml for guidance about NIMH-specific practices for individual fellowship applications and awards. 

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/contacts-for-research-training-and-career-development-programs.shtml) 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

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
Email: korns@ninds.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Tijuanna E. DeCoster, MPA
Chief Grants Management Officer
Grants Management Branch
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3290, MSC 9537
Rockville, MD 20852 (Express Mail)
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9537 (Regular Mail)
Phone: 301-496-9231
Fax: 301-402-0219
Email: decostert@ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:

NINDS Specific Information: NINDS utilizes the F31 grant mechanism to support outstanding predoctoral students who are engaged in a course of research and study that will result in rigorous, broadly based neuroscience training. Applications may, in some cases, also be accepted from students training in other disciplines for the purpose of conducting research directly focused on the NINDS mission. Applicants for F31 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. Support will be provided for a maximum of 3 years. In addition, students must be within the first 6 years of graduate school to receive support. Exceptions to these policies may be made in rare and unusual circumstances, and will require a written waiver from the Director of Training and Career Development. Any waiver will require a detailed written justification and should be requested at least six months prior to the termination date of the fellowship award. Additional information about NINDS support for research training may be found at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/research_training.htm#tcd.

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Scientific/Research Contact:
Dr. Mary Frances Picciano
Senior Nutrition Research Specialist
Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
6100 Executive Blvd., Rm. 3B01
Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-435-3608
FAX: 301-480-1845
Email: piccianm@od.nih.gov

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Tammy Dickinson
6100 Executive Blvd., Rm. 2B03
Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-402-2911
FAX: 301-480-7660
Email: dickinst@od.nih.gov

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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