Clarification of Policies Regarding Allowable Postdoctoral Positions on Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Awards PAR-08-026, PAR-08-027, and PAR-08-028

Notice Number: NOT-GM-09-019

Key Dates
Release Date: April 6, 2009

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (

This notice provides clarification about policies regarding allowable postdoctoral positions on SCORE SC1, SC2, and SC3 awards (,, and, respectively). Postdoctoral fellows may only be requested on SC1 awards, provided that: 1) the research proposed justifies the need for their particular expertise and 2) their participation in the proposed research project will further their professional career. It is also required that the postdoctoral fellow be employed in a research–rich environment in which he/she will have opportunity to be an independent thinker and to develop by participating in mentoring activities and interacting with other postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, and research faculty. Postdoctoral fellows are not allowed on SC2 or SC3 awards.

Additionally, grantees of any of the SCORE programs referenced above are not eligible to apply for/receive Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-08-190,


For further information regarding this notice, please contact:

Hinda Zlotnik, Ph.D.
Chief, MBRS Branch
Division of Minority Opportunities in Research
45 Center Dr. 2AS.37
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Tel: (301) 594-3900
FAX: (301) 480-2753

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