Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30)

Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions

Release Date: March 7, 2014
Expiration Date: May 8, 2017

NIH Institute or Center

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute  

Scientific Program Contact:
Mark Damico, Ph.D.
Phone: 240-276-5630
Email: damicomw@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Tracie McGraw
Phone: 301-631-3020
Email:  mcgrawth@mail.nih.gov

NCI Specific Information:

NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training  and gives funding priority to applications whose primary sponsor has cancer-related R01 (or equivalent) research funding. For the F30, R01-equivalent research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants with a minimum of 3 years in duration and $150,000 in annual direct costs.
 
Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found at:
http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/cancertraining/outsidenci/f30

National Eye Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Neeraj Agarwal, PhD
Phone: 301-451-2020
Email: agarwalnee@nei.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Wiiliam Darby
Phone: 301-451-2020
Email: darbyw@mail.nih.gov

NEI Specific Information:

See: http://grants.nih.gov/training/index.htm

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Drew Carlson, PhD
Phone: (301) 435-0535
Email: carlsonde@nhlbi.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Kimberly Stanton
Phone: (301) 435-0166
Email: stantonk@nhlbi.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:
 

The NHLBI is interested in supporting individual predoctoral fellowships for combined MD/PhD training in research areas relevant to the mission of the NHLBI. The NHLBI supports research training and career development of researchers in fundamental sciences and clinical disciplines related to heart, vascular, lung, and blood diseases; sleep disorders; and blood resources. See http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/org/mission.htm for NHLBI’s mission statement. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the NHLBI Strategic Plan http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/documents/StrategicPlan_Appendix.pdf  to familiarize themselves with the research areas of interest to the Institute.”

Potential overlapping areas of interest shared by the NHLBI and other Institutes/Centers of the NIH include myeloproliferative and myelodysplastic disorders, hematological malignancies resulting from disruptions in hematopoiesis, and the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and other cellular therapies. The NHLBI does not support fellowship projects primarily focused on malignancy-related research, vaccine development, or pathogens per se. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NHLBI before submitting an application to determine its appropriateness for this FOA and the mission of the NHLBI. Please see NOT-HL-12-162 for additional guidance.

NHLBI requires a Data and Safety Monitoring Plan for human subjects research with more than minimal risk.

National Human Genome Research Institute  

Scientific Program Contact:
Genomic Sciences:
Tina Gatlin, Ph.D.
Email: christine.gatlin@nih.gov

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

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

Grants Management Contact:
Susan Toy
Phone: 301-496-7531
Email: toys@mail.nih.gov

NHGRI Specific Information:

NHGRI has aligned its training and career development programs to its latest strategic plan: "Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside," (http://www.genome.gov/Pages/About/Planning/2011NHGRIStrategicPlan.pdf). See the 2013 NHGRI Training Workshop Report for more details (http://www.genome.gov/Pages/About/NACHGR/May2013
AgendaDocuments/Training_Career_Dev_Workshop.pdf
).

NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences and genomic medicine approaches with an emphasis on the quantitative sciences, bioinformatics or technology development, or (b) applications that focus on high priority ELSI issues and provide multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological training, and (c) applicants whose mentor(s) are funded by NHGRI.  NHGRI does not support disease-specific research.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Directors to discuss their concept for this initiative during the development stages of the application.

National Institute on Aging  
Scientific Program Contact:
Chyren Hunter, PhD.
Phone: 301 496-9322
Email: Hunterc@nia.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Traci Lafferty
Phone: (301) 496-1472
Email:  lafferT@nia.nih.gov  

NIA Specific Information:

NIA’s focus is on aging and the contribution of aging to disease etiology, prevention and treatment.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NIA Program Official before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities. Information on the priority areas for the Behavioral and Social Research, Biology of Aging, Neuroscience and Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Programs are found on the National Institute on Aging website: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research. Please see http://nia.nih.gov/research/dea/research-training-and-career-award-support for information about NIA’s support for F programs.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Scientific Program Contact:
Peter Gao, M.D.
Phone: 301-443-6106
Email: gaozh@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Judy Fox
Phone: 301-443-4704
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

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. Please refer to the NIAAA website for a comprehensive description of NIAAA goals and priorities (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/our-work/strategic-plan).  The NIAAA scientific program contact will be able to evaluate eligibility, recommend the most appropriate fellowship mechanism and refer you to the NIAAA program officer with relevant research expertise.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Microbiology and infectious disease (non-AIDS) research:
Christiane Robbins, M.P.H.; M.S.
Phone: 240-627-3357
Email: crobbins@niaid.nih.gov

AIDS-related research:
Opendra Sharma, Ph.D.
Phone:
240-627-3203
Email: Osharma@niaid.nih.gov

Basic immunology, allergy, transplant, autoimmunity, and immune-based disease research:
Lawrence Prograis, M.D.
Phone: 240
-627-3528
Email: Lprograis@niaid.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Laura Pone
Phone: 301-451-2687
Email: laura.pone@nih.gov

NIAID Specific Information:

NIAID requires a clear scientific focus in graduate research training related to any of the NIAID mission areas: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoWeAre/planningPriorities/Documents/NIAIDStrategicPlan2013.pdf .

Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NIAID Program Official before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

Please see also: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/t
raincareer/pages/fellowships.aspx
, and http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/
traincareer/Pages/default.aspx

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-5585
Email: boycea@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Katie Joffee
Phone: (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#1&Fellowship%20Programs%20(%20F%20
)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-4797
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Florence Turska 
Phone: (301) 451-4782 
Email: turskaf@mail.nih.gov

NIBIB Specific Information: 

NIBIB supports dual-degree predoctoral research training in areas that are relevant to the scientific mission of NIBIB (http://www.nibib.nih.gov/about-nibib).

NIBIB will give priority to F30 applications with sponsors that are currently supported by NIBIB research grants, and where, in addition to the dissertation project, the applicant’s proposed training and future career goals are aligned with NIBIB’s mission areas.

For awards to be made, applications must clearly indicate the timeline of the entire dual degree program, and the portion of that program for which the award is requested. Should the awardee’s timeline change following submission of the application, awards will be adjusted as needed to maintain the minimum 50% predoctoral research requirement.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIBIB Scientific Contact on the left before they begin to prepare their application.  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 Program Contact:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-3371
Email: dtwombly@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Bryan Clark, MBA
Phone: (301) 435-6975
Email: clarkb1@mail.nih.gov

NICHD Specific Information:

NICHD offers fellowships in areas relevant NICHD’s mission, including demography, social sciences, and population dynamics; male and female fertility and infertility; developing and evaluating contraceptive methods; improving the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; and childhood injury and critical illness.

The research interests of NICHD are described in more detail at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities
-mechanisms/areas-research/Pages/default.aspx
.

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 Program Contact:
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-1804
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 435-0713
Email: myersc@nidcd.nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:

The NIDCD conducts the peer review of applications for this fellowship program for students enrolled in integrated dual clinical-research doctoral degree programs (where both degrees will be conferred at the culmination of doctoral study) within its Scientific Review Branch based on the expedited review schedule of four to five months from submission to award.

NIDCD supports research and research training in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language.  Since NIH Institutes have overlapping programmatic interests, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Institute’s Scientific Program 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 Program Contact:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Phone: (301) 496-4263
Email: friedenla@nidcr.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Phone: (301) 594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR uses the F30 fellowship to support an integrated dental and graduate research training program that leads to attainment of both the DDS/DMD and PhD (or equivalent) degrees. NIDCR will not accept applications from candidates enrolled in a MD/PhD or other type of dual-degree clinician scientist training program.

Prospective applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in dental, oral, and craniofacial health research, and the proposed research training experience is expected to foster a career in research relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchPriorities/StrategicPlan/)

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDCR Scientific/Research Contact before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Skin Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-7719
Email: CastleA@mail.nih.gov

Digestive and Liver Diseases, Obesity, and Nutrition:
Judith Podskalny, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-8876
Email: PodskalnyJ@mail.nih.gov

Kidney and Urologic Diseases:
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-4748
Email: RankinT@mail.nih.gov

Hematologic Diseases:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-7726
Email: BishopT@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mitchell Curling
Phone: (301) 594-0417
Email: CurlingM@niddk.nih.gov

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 strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NIDDK program director before beginning the process of applying for a fellowship.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Scientific Program Contact:
Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-6071
Email: ghimm@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Nadia Felix
Phone: (301) 435-1378
Email:felixnl@mail.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 Environmental Health Sciences

Scientific Program Contact:
Dr. Michael C. Humble
Phone: (919) 316-4621
Email: humble@niehs.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
James R. Williams
Phone: (919) 541-1403
Email: williamsjr@niehs.nih.gov

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 applications 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 applications 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 General Medical Sciences

Scientific Program Contact:
Regine Douthard, M.D., MPH
Phone: 301-435-1759 
Email: douthardr@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Lori Burge, B.S.
Phone: 301-451-3781
Email: burgel@nigms.nih.gov

NIGMS Specific Information:
 
NIGMS supports advanced predoctoral research training in basic biomedical sciences that are relevant to the NIGMS mission (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/Pages/default.aspx). Applicants must have identified a research sponsor, and dissertation project that includes a promising approach to the problem, with strong training potential.

NIGMS will give priority to funding F30 applications that: a) have sponsors who are currently supported by NIGMS research grants, and b) are not from NIGMS-supported MSTP institutions.

For initial questions about predoctoral fellowships, please contact: Ms. Peggy Schnoor at: NIGMSpredocfellowships@mail.nih.gov]

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Program Contact:
Erica Rosemond, PhD
Phone: (301) 443-3107
Email: Erica.Rosemond@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Tamara Kees
Phone: (301) 443-8811
Email: Tamara.Kees@nih.gov

NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience, 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
) that advances our mission and strategic research priorities. 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 on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Scientific Program Contact:
Shelia A. McClure, PhD
Phone: 301-451-6536
Email: mcclursh@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Priscilla Grant, JD
Phone: 301-594-8412
Email: pg38h@nih.gov

NIMHD Specific Information:

The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities http://www.nimhd.nih.gov. Applications are accepted for all areas of research, including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, as related to minority health or health disparities.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Institute’s Scientific Program Contact in the early stages of formulating an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Scientific Program Contact:
Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-4188
Email: korns@ninds.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact Contact:
Tijuanna E. DeCoster, MPA
Phone: 301-496-9231
Email: decostert@ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:

NINDS supports the career development of neuroscientists (some rare exceptions apply), so the applicant must propose dissertation research in an area within the scientific mission of the NINDS and a training program appropriate for a career in neuroscience research.

NINDS will not provide funding to applicants beyond the 8th year in a dual degree program and will hold strictly to the requirement that at least 50% of the funding be for support of research leading to the research doctorate. For awards to be made, applications must clearly indicate the timeline of the entire dual degree program, and the portion of that program for which the award is requested. Should the awardee’s timeline change following submission of the application, awards will be adjusted as needed to maintain the minimum 50% predoctoral research requirement.

National Library of Medicine

Scientific Program Contact:
Clinical and Public Health Informatics:
Hua-Chuan Sim, MD
Phone: 301-594-4882
Email: simh@mail.nih.gov

Translational and Bioinformatics:
Jane Ye, PhD
Phone: 301-594-4882
Email: yej@mail.nih.gov

Consumer Health Informatics:
Alan VanBiervliet, PhD
Phone: 301-594-4882
Email: alan.vanbiervliet@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Dwight Mowery
Phone:  301-496-4221
Email: moweryd@mail.nih.gov

NLM Specific Information:

NLM supports research career development in clinical/public health informatics, bioinformatics, translational informatics and consumer health informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer, information, biomedical and behavioral sciences with one or more application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and others.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Scientific Program Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-8372
Email: riverara@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
George Tucker, M.B.A.
Phone: (301) 594-9102
Email: gt35v@nih.gov

NCCAM Specific Information:
NCCAM uses this program to support predoctoral individuals in supervised research training experiences.
Per NOT-AT-13-002, NCCAM will not accept applications to this program proposing to conduct new, free-standing clinical trials or studies. Applicants to the fellowship programs interested in clinical research are encouraged to participate in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor’s ongoing clinical trials and studies in order to gain the training and experience necessary to become independent clinical investigators.

Before the application receipt date, applicants and mentor(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCAM Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCAM's mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of NCCAM program officials can be found at http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/contact#area.

Applications that will include the use of natural products or devices in an ongoing interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCAM's Natural Product Integrity Policy.

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs

Scientific Program Contact:
Manuel Moro, DVM, Ph.D.
Phone:  301-435-0960
Email: manuel.moro@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Justin Birken
Phone:  301-480-3777
Email: birkenjg@mail.nih.gov

ORIP Specific Information: 

Before the application receipt date, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with ORIP’s scientific program contact. 

ORIP supports training applications exclusively from highly qualified veterinary students or holders of degrees in veterinary medicine in biomedical areas related to comparative /translational medicine.