Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

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 (NCI)

Scientific Program Contact:
Anil Wali, Ph.D
Phone: 240-276-6183
Email: walia@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Rosemary Ward  
Phone: 240-276-6320
Email: wardros@mail.nih.gov

NCI Specific Information:

The NCI provides support for research training leading to the Ph. D. or equivalent research degree in the areas of basic cancer research, population-based cancer research, or cancer prevention.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

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 (NHLBI)

Scientific Program Contact:
Xenia J. Tigno, PhD
Phone: (301) 435-0202 
Email: tignoxt@mail.nih.gov

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

NHLBI Specific Information:

The NHLBI supports training programs to prepare individuals to become productive researchers in the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; and in the uses of blood 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

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/
May2013AgendaDocuments/Training_Career_Dev_Workshop.pdf
).
NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences 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:

Information on NIA’s mission in supporting genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging can be found at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  

Scientific Program Contact:
Judith Arroyo Ph.D.
Phone: 301-403 -0717
Email: jarroyo@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 investigators in alcohol-related research. Through the F31 program, NIAAA seeks to increase the diversity of new scientists conducting research in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social 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). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIAAA scientific program official prior to preparing an application in order to discuss eligibility, the most appropriate fellowship mechanism and referrals to NIAAA staff with relevant research expertise.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  

Scientific Program Contact:
Diane Adger-Johnson
Phone: 301-402-8969
Email: DAdger@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.

Sponsors who have not yet successfully mentored a predoctoral student as an independent investigator are encouraged to include a co-sponsor with a track record for mentoring in the individual fellowship training plan. 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/
traincareer/pages/fellowships.aspx
, and http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/
traincareer/Pages/default.aspx

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

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

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

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 will consider only applications that propose research training directly 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 training by the start date of the award in order to receive support. 

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 (NICHD)

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 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@mail.nih.gov

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

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR supports predoctoral training leading to a PhD for fellows conducting dental, oral, and craniofacial research in an area relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchPriorities/StrategicPlan/). Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in dental, oral and craniofacial health research.

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 Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Kevin McBryde, MD
Phone: 301-594-9652
Email: Kevin.mcbryde@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Aricia Ajose
Phone: (301) 301-594-9023
Email: ajosea@niddk.nih.gov

NIDDK Specific Information:

The NIDDK supports research in the areas of diabetes, metabolic diseases, endocrinology, gastrointestinal disorders, liver diseases, obesity, nutrition, urologic disorders, kidney diseases, and hematological disorders. We accept F31 applications in areas of science that support these research areas.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific/Research 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:
Wanda Boggs
Phone: (919) 316-4638
Email: boggsw@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:
Shawn Gaillard, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3900 
Email: shawn.gaillard@.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. The Institute will give priority to funding F31 applications with sponsors who are currently supported by NIGMS research grants.

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

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Program Contact:
Lauren D. Hill, PhD
Phone: (301) 443-9629
Email: Lauren.Hill@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Theresa Jarosik
Phone: (301) 443-3858
Email: Theresa.Jarosik@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:
Michelle D. Jones-London, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-7966
Email: jonesmiche@ninds.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Tijuana E. Decoster, MPA
Phone: (301) 496-9231
Email: decostert@ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:

Funding may be requested using this FOA for support of research and training leading to a doctoral research degree. NINDS will provide fellowship support to PHD students who are within the first 6 years of graduate school. Support beyond the 6th year may be made in rare and unusual circumstances, and will require an written waiver from the NINDS Director of the Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity. 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.

NINDS encourages dual-degree students who will request support for medical school training to apply for support using the F30 FOA, as NINDS reviews dual degree (F30) fellowship applications in a special study section (NST-2). For any dual-degree student requesting support for medical school as well as graduate school, NINDS will give priority to applications from students who meet the eligibility criteria listed in the F30 FOA.

National Institute of Nursing Research

Scientific Program Contact:
David Banks, Ph.D., M.P.H., phone: (301) 496-9558
Email: david.banks@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Lawrence Haller
Phone: (301) 402-1878
Email: hallerl@mail.nih.gov

NINR Specific Information:

NINR uses the F31 Diversity fellowship to provide support for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing science, who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing, to pursue graduate research training that leads to a research doctoral degree.  Only nurse applicants are accepted for this program. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications during the first three years of training to ensure that the award will support at least one year of research training.

Applications must have a clear focus in science areas related to the NINR mission statement and strategic plan.

Nurses interested in applying for this opportunity are strongly encouraged to contact the NINR Program Director for Extramural Training. The applicant may contact the NINR Program Director by email sending a copy of their NIH Biosketch with any questions and a synopsis of interests and research/training aims.

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 career development 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.
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