Grants and Funding
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35) (PA-14-016)
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Expiration Date: January 8, 2017


  • NIH Institute or Center
  • Scientific Program Contact
  • Grants Management Contact

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientific Program Contact:
Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.              
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: agarwalnee@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
William Darby, Chief
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: darbyw@nei.nih.gov

NEI Specific Information:

NEI supports short-term research training for students in health professional schools.

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25 (AIDS date September 7)
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Contact Program staff

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific Program Contact:
Charlotte Pratt, PhD, RD
Phone: 301-435-0382
Email: prattc@nhlbi.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Mykle Lyons
Phone: 301-443-8772
Email: lyonsml@nhlbi.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:

NHLBI will only accept applications in scientific areas relevant to the NHLBI mission. For areas of specific interest, please see the NHLBI website, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/org/mission.htm.

NHLBI supports short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools (nurses, dental students, PharmD students, physical therapy students, and medical students during the summer. Institutions may request support for at least 4 but not more than 32 students per budget period to pursue research training for 2-3 months on a full-time basis during the summer. Current T32 Program Directors who submit T35 applications should indicate how the proposed T35 activities differ from the activities supported by their T32 award.

  • Application Submission Dates: January 25 (AIDS date May 7)
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-496-9322
Email: Hunterc@mail.nih.gov

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

NIA Specific Information:

NIA supports this program for students in health professional schools. 

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25 (AIDS date September 7)
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Contact Program staff

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Katherine Jung, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-443-8744
Email: jungma@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Deborah A. Hendry
Phone: (301) 443-0915
Email: dhendry@mail.nih.gov

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA supports short-term research training for students who are active in alcohol research in order to promote the application of new biomedical, behavioral and statistical technologies that advance alcohol research.

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Scientific Program Contact:
Katrin Eichelberg, Ph.D.  
Phone: 301-496-0818
Email: keichelberg@niaid.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
John A. Villella
Phone: 301-451-2677
Email: villellaja@niaid.nih.gov

NIAID Specific Information:

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/sop/pages/biggrants.aspx  
NIAID supports research in its scientific mission and priority areas (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoweare/planningpriorities/Pages/default.aspx). For information on NIAID’s training grants, see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/traincareer/pages/training.aspx

  • Application Submission Dates: September 25 (AIDS date January 7)
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

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 uses the T35 mechanism to provide intensive clinical or translational research experiences for pre-doctoral bioengineering students or short-term training in focused, emerging scientific areas relevant to NIBIB’s scientific mission.  NIBIB discourages current T32 awardees from submitting T35 applications; if applicants choose to apply, they must clearly indicate how the proposed T35 activities differ from the activities supported by their T32 award.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the NIBIB website (http://www.nibib.nih.gov/training-careers) to learn more about this program and other NIBIB research training opportunities.

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes
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 supports research activities within its mission, including normal and abnormal human development, male and female fertility and infertility, developing and evaluating contraceptive methods, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development, childhood development through adolescence, and rehabilitation research. NICHD develops, implements, and coordinates cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research in areas such as 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; childhood injury and critical illness; medical rehabilitation; and demography, social sciences, and population dynamics.

Additional information about NICHD research interests may be found at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/areas-research/Pages/default.aspx

Program staff contacts may be found on the web pages for NICHD’s scientific branches at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/der/branches/Pages/index.aspx and http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/ncmrr/Pages/overview.aspx

T35 budgets should reflect the actual needs of the proposed training activity. Applicants may request a budget up to $200,000/year (direct costs), but NICHD will rarely, if ever, make an award exceeding $125,000/year. Applications requesting a larger amount will require a compelling budget justification. It is strongly recommended that potential applicants contact NICHD prior to submitting an application. Acceptance of an application for review does not guarantee that NICHD will fund the application at the requested levels, regardless of the outcome of peer review.

  • Application Submission Date(s): September 25 only
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Not Applicable

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Scientific Program Contact:
Daniel S. Sklare, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-1804
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 402-0909
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:

NIDCD utilizes this award mechanism to establish a network of short-term training programs at institutions conducting Federally funded research on hearing to provide students in professional doctoral programs in audiology leading to the Au.D. degree with hands-on exposure to  clinical research or translational research in the hearing sciences.  This traineeship shall involve the conduct of a small-scale research project suitable for presentation at a scientific meeting. The short-term research experiences provided by this award mechanism are not intended for students enrolled in integrated or sequential Au.D./Ph.D. programs.  This initiative seeks to encourage Au.D. students to develop research career trajectories through pursuing sustained programs of research training and career development in order to advance the state-of-the art in hearing health care services.

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

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

Scientific Program Contact:
Judith Podskalny, Ph.D
Phone: 301-594-8876
Email: jp53s@nih.gov

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

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK supports short-term research training for medical students, typically between the first and second years of medical school.  At least half of the students must be engaged in projects that are directly relevant to NIDDK areas of research interest, as determined by program staff.  Our research areas include diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases, obesity, nutrition, digestive and liver diseases, and kidney, urologic, and hematologic disorders.  NIDDK will accept applications requesting support for at least 8, but no more than 32, students per year.

  • Application Submission Dates: Standard due dates
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Not Applicable

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Scientific Program Contact:
Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
Phone: (919) 541-1445 
Email: Shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Lisa Archer Edwards, MBA
Phone: 919-541-0751
Email: archer@niehs.nih.gov

NIEHS Specific Information:

NIEHS supports short-term research training for individuals in health professional schools. Training is expected to be directly focused on the field of Environmental Health Sciences, and be supported by a strong base of research grant support funded by the NIEHS. Partnership with an NIEHS funded T32 Training Grant is strongly encouraged.

  • Application Submission Dates: May 25
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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: tuckerg@mail.nih.gov

NCCAM Specific Information:

Because of NCCAM’s unique mission (http://nccam.nih.gov/about/ataglance), the Center supports this program at institutions with research-intensive environments; institutions focused in complementary health practice; as well as other eligible applicant organizations that have the research expertise, curriculum, infrastructure, and faculty for complementary and integrative health-related research training.
NCCAM is committed to improve the capacity of the field to carry out rigorous research while increasing the number, quality, and diversity of complementary health researchers. Thus, the Center uses this program to support short-term complementary and integrative health-related research training for predoctoral students interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral or clinical research as well as health professional students (medical students, dental students, and/or students in other health-professional programs) during the summer.Thus, the Center uses this program to support short-term complementary and integrative health-related research training to students and health practitioners at all academic levels.

  • Application Submission Dates: January 25
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)

Scientific Program Contact:
Manuel Moro, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Phone: 301-435-0960
FAX: 301-480-3819
Email: manuel.moro@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Jean Richelsen
Phone: 301-435-0853
Email: richelsj@mail.nih.gov

ORIP Specific Information:

ORIP supports short-term research training only for veterinary students obtaining their DVM or VMD degree. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the ORIP website (http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip) to learn more about this program and other research training opportunities.

  • Application Submission Dates: Standard due dates
  • Letter required in advance if application will request $500,000 or more in direct costs: Yes

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Scientific Program Contact:
Rebecca Costello, PhD
Phone: 301-435-3605
Email: costellb@od.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Tammy Dickinson
Phone: 301-402-2911
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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