NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TRAININGGRANTS



NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 21, June 3, 1994



P.T. 44



Keywords:

  Biomedical Research Training 

  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 



National Institutes of Health



PURPOSE



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award National Research

Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (T32) to eligible

institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities

for individuals, selected by the institution, who are training for

careers in specified areas of biomedical and behavioral research.

The purpose of the NRSA program is to help ensure that highly trained

scientists are available in adequate numbers and in the appropriate

research areas and fields to carry out the nation's biomedical and

behavioral research agenda.



LEVELS OF TRAINING



The NRSA program supports both predoctoral and postdoctoral research

training.



Predoctoral:  Predoctoral research training must lead to the Ph.D. or

a comparable research doctorate degree.  Students enrolled in health-

professional programs that are not part of a formal, combined program

(i.e. M.D./Ph.D.) and who wish to postpone their professional studies

in order to gain research experience may also be appointed to a T32.

Predoctoral research training must emphasize fundamental training in

areas of basic biomedical and behavioral sciences.



Postdoctoral:  Postdoctoral research training is for individuals who

have received a Ph.D., an M.D. or comparable doctoral degree from an

accredited domestic or foreign institution.  Comparable doctoral

degrees include, but are not limited to the following:  D.D.S., D.O.,

D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D. Pharm.,

D.S.W., and Psy.D.  Research training at the postdoctoral level must

emphasize specialized training to meet national research priorities

in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.



Research training grants are a desirable mechanism for the

postdoctoral training of physicians and other health professionals

who may have had extensive clinical training, but limited research

experience.  For such individuals, the training may be a part of a

research degree program; in all cases, health-professional

postdoctoral trainees should agree to engage in at least two years of

research, research training, or comparable experiences beginning at

the time of appointment.



Short-Term Research Training Positions for Health-Professional

Students:  T32 applications, may include a request for short-term

positions reserved specifically to train medical or other health-

professional students on a full-time basis during the summer or other

"off quarter" periods.  Short-term appointments are intended to

provide health-professional students with opportunities to

participate in biomedical and/or behavioral research in an effort to

attract these individuals into research careers.



Short-term positions should be longer than two months but may not

last longer than three months.  Students should be encouraged to

obtain two or more periods of short-term research training during

their studies leading to a health professional degree.  Such

appointments may be consecutive or may be reserved for summers or

other "off quarter" periods.



Since some NIH Institutes support short-term research training

positions on a limited basis, applicants are strongly urged to

contact the appropriate NIH institute representative listed at the

end of this announcement, before requesting short-term research

training positions in a T32 application.



APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



Only domestic, non-profit, private or public institutions may apply

for grants to support research training programs.  The applicant

institution must have the staff and facilities required for the

proposed program.  The research training program director at the

institution will be responsible for the selection and appointment of

trainees to receive NRSA support and for the overall direction of the

program.



Trainees appointed to the training program must have the opportunity

to carry out supervised biomedical or behavioral research with the

primary objective of developing or extending their research skills

and knowledge in preparation for a research career.



GENERAL PROVISIONS



Positions on NRSA institutional grants may not be used for study

leading to the M.D., D.D.S., or other clinical, health-professional

degrees except when those studies are a part of a formal combined

research degree program such as the M.D./Ph.D.  Similarly, trainees

may not accept NRSA support for studies which are a part of residency

training leading to a medical specialty or subspecialty except when

the residency program credits a period of full-time, postdoctoral

research training toward board certification and the trainee intends

to pursue a research career.



Students enrolled in health-professional doctoral degree programs may

receive support for short-term research training for one or more

periods lasting up to three months each.  Such students may also

interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time

research training before completing their professional degree.



Trainees are required to pursue their research training on a

full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program.

Within the 40 hours per week training period, research trainees in

clinical areas must devote their time to the proposed research

training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an

integral part of the research training experience.



TRAINEE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



To be appointed to a research training grant, an individual must be a

citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or must have

been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession

of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must

be in possession of other legal verification of such status).

Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.



Predoctoral Trainees:  Predoctoral trainees must have received a

baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment,

and must be training at the postbaccalaureate level in a program

leading to the Ph.D. in science or in an equivalent research doctoral

degree program.  Health-professional students who wish to interrupt

their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research

training before completing their professional degrees are also

eligible.



Postdoctoral Trainees:  Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as

of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D. or

comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign

institution.  Written certification by an authorized official of the

degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been

met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable.



Short-Term Health Professional Trainees:  To be eligible for short-

term research training positions, health-professional students must

have completed at least one quarter in a program leading to a

clinical doctorate prior to participating in the program.

Individuals matriculated in a formal research degree program or those

holding an M.S., a Ph.D., or an M.D./Ph.D. degree or equivalent

graduate level research degree are not eligible for short-term

training positions.  Within schools of pharmacy, only individuals who

are candidates for the Pharm.D. degree are eligible for short-term

positions.



DURATION OF SUPPORT



Institutional NRSA research training grants may be made for periods

up to five years and are renewable.



Trainee appointments are normally made in 12-month increments with

support for additional years dependent on satisfactory progress and

the continued availability of funds.



No trainee may be appointed for less than nine months during the

initial period of appointment, except with the prior approval of the

NIH awarding unit or when health-professional students are appointed

to approved, short-term research training positions.  No individual

trainee may receive more than five years of aggregate NRSA support at

the predoctoral level or three years of aggregate NRSA support at the

postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from

institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards.  Any

exception to the total duration of trainee support at either the

predoctoral or postdoctoral level requires a waiver from the Director

of the awarding component at the NIH.  The grounds for approving

extension of support can be found in the current Guidelines for

National Research Service Awards for Individual Awards and

Institutional Grants.



RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT OF TRAINEES



The primary objective of the NRSA program is to prepare qualified

individuals for careers in biomedical and behavioral research.

Within the framework of the program's longstanding commitment to

excellence and projected needs for investigators in particular areas

of research, it is important that attention also be given to

recruiting individuals from minority groups that are underrepresented

nationally in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  The following

groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical and

behavioral research nationally:  African Americans, Hispanics, Native

Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. Future use of the

term "minority" in this announcement will refer to these groups.



Other considerations relate to the duration of training and the

movement of trainees to individual support mechanisms.  Studies have

shown that the length of the appointment to a training grant for

postdoctoral trainees with health-professional degrees is strongly

correlated with subsequent application for and receipt of independent

NIH research support.  Program directors, therefore, are strongly

encouraged to limit appointments to individuals who plan to remain on

the grant or in some other type of research experience for a minimum

of two years.  It has also been shown that individuals who have been

supported by an individual postdoctoral fellowship are more likely to

apply for and receive NIH research support than individuals who have

received support from a training grant alone.  Program directors are

therefore encouraged to identify candidates for individual

postdoctoral fellowships or early career development (K) awards in

order to stimulate applications.  During the review of applications,

peer reviewers will examine the training record to determine how long

health-professional postdoctoral trainees engage in research training

and whether postdoctoral trainees have been successful in applying

for individual training support.



Past studies have shown that trainees from programs oriented

exclusively toward health-professionals are less likely to apply for

and receive research grant support than health-professionals who

train alongside postdoctoral researchers with a Ph.D. degree.

Programs that focus on research training for individuals with an M.D.

or other health-professional degrees should consider developing

strong ties to basic science departments or modifying their program

to include individuals with a Ph.D. degree if such changes are

consistent with the goals of the program.  Applications should

describe the contribution of basic science departments to the

research training experience and indicate also if both M.D. and Ph.D.

trainees are included in the training program.



PAYBACK PROVISIONS



All postdoctoral trainees must sign an agreement to fulfill the NRSA

payback requirements when they are appointed initially to a research

training grant or receive an individual fellowship.



The NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 substantially modified the service

payback requirement for individuals supported by the NRSA program.

Beginning with appointments and reappointments made on or after June

10, 1993, the following guidelines apply:



o  Predoctoral trainees are not required to sign the Payback

Agreement Form (PHS Form 6031) and do not incur a service payback

obligation.



o  Postdoctoral trainees in the first twelve months of postdoctoral

NRSA support must sign the payback agreement form and incur one month

of obligation for each month of support.



o  Postdoctoral trainees in the thirteenth and subsequent months of

NRSA support are not required to sign the Payback Agreement Form and

do not incur a service payback obligation.



o  The thirteenth and subsequent months of postdoctoral NRSA support

are  considered acceptable payback service for prior postdoctoral

support.  Individuals appointed to their initial NRSA postdoctoral

period on or after June 10, 1993, and who continue under that award

for two years, have fulfilled their obligation by the end of the

second year.  Service payback obligations can also be paid back by

conducting health-related research or teaching for more than 20 hours

per week for a full year.



Recipients must begin to undertake any remaining obligated service on

a continuous basis within two years after termination of NRSA

support.  The period for undertaking payback service may be delayed

for such reasons as temporary disability, completion of residency

requirements, or completion of the requirements for a graduate

degree.  Requests for an extension must be made in writing to the

awarding unit specifying the need for additional time and the length

of the required extension.  Recipients of NRSA support are

responsible for informing the awarding unit of changes in status or

address.  For individuals who fail to fulfill their obligation

through service, the United States is entitled to recover the total

amount of NRSA funds paid to the individual for the obligated period

plus interest at a rate determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Financial payback must be completed within three years beginning on

the date the United States becomes entitled to recover such amount.

Under certain conditions,  the Secretary, Health and Human Services

may extend the period for starting service or repayment, permit

breaks in service, or otherwise waive or suspend the payback

obligation of an individual.



STIPENDS



National Research Service Awards provide funds, in the form of

stipends, to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.  A

stipend is provided as a  subsistence allowance for trainees to help

defray living expenses during the research training experience.  It

is not provided as a condition of employment with either the Federal

Government or the awardee institution.



Predoctoral:  The current annual stipend for predoctoral trainees is

$10,008.  For appointments of less than a year, the stipend will be

based on a monthly proration that is currently $834 per month.



Postdoctoral:  The current annual stipend for postdoctoral trainees

is determined by the number of FULL years of relevant postdoctoral

experience at the time of appointment.  Relevant experience may

include research experience (including industrial), teaching,

internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in

full-time studies in a health-related field following the qualifying

doctoral degree.  The stipend for each additional year of NRSA

support is the next level on the stipend scale.  Current postdoctoral

stipends are as follows:



Years of Relevant Experience                                Stipend



Less than 1                                                 $19,608

1                                                            20,700

2                                                            25,600

3                                                            26,900

4                                                            28,200

5                                                            29,500

6                                                            30,800

7 or more                                                    32,300



A trainee with a health-professional doctoral degree who is enrolled

in a graduate degree program is considered to be in postdoctoral

training and will receive the appropriate postdoctoral stipend listed

above.



No departure from the established stipend schedule may be negotiated

by the institution with the trainee.  The stipend for each additional

full year of stipend support is the next level in the stipend

structure and does not change mid-year.  The sponsoring institution

is allowed to provide funds to an individual in addition to the

stipends paid by the NIH.  Such additional amounts may be either in

the form of augmented stipends (supplementation) or in the form of

compensation, such as salary or tuition remission for services such

as teaching or serving as a laboratory assistant, provided the

following conditions are met:



Stipend Supplementation:  Supplementation or additional support to

offset the cost of living may be provided by the awardee institution

but must not require any additional obligation from the trainee.

Federal funds may not be used for supplementation unless specifically

authorized under the terms of both the  program from which such

supplemental funds are to be received and the program whose funds are

to be supplemented.  Under no circumstances may PHS funds be used for

supplementation.



Compensation:  An institution may provide additional funds to a

trainee in the form of compensation (as salary and/or tuition

remission) for services such as teaching or serving as a laboratory

assistant.  A trainee may receive compensation for services as a

research assistant or in some other position on a Federal research

grant, including a PHS research grant.  However, compensated services

should occur on a limited, part-time basis apart from the normal

research training activities, which require a minimum of 40 hours per

week. In addition, compensation may not be paid from a research grant

that supports research that is part of the research training

experience.



Under no circumstances may the conditions of stipend supplementation

or the services provided for compensation interfere with, detract

from, or prolong the trainee's approved NRSA training program.



Educational Loans or G.I. Bill:  An individual may make use of

Federal educational loan funds and assistance under the Veterans

Readjustment Benefits Act (G.I. Bill).  Such funds are not considered

supplementation or compensation.



Concurrent Awards:  An NRSA may not be held concurrently with another

Federally sponsored fellowship or similar award that provides a

stipend or otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA.



More specific information on stipend supplementation and compensation

is available in the current Guidelines for NRSA Individual Awards -

Institutional Grants and in the current PHS Grants Policy Statement.



TAX LIABILITY



Section 117 of the Internal Revenue Code applies to the tax treatment

of all scholarships and fellowships.  Under that section, non-degree

candidates are required to report all stipends, and any monies paid

on their behalf for course tuition and fees required for attendance

as gross income.  Degree candidates may exclude from gross income

(for tax purposes) any amount used for tuition and related expenses

such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of

instruction at a qualified educational organization.



The taxability of stipends, however, in no way alters the

relationship between NRSA trainees and institutions.  NRSA stipends

are not considered salaries.  In addition, trainees supported under

the NRSA are not considered to be in an employee-employer

relationship with the NIH or the awardee institution.



It must be emphasized that the interpretation and implementation of

the tax laws are the domain of the Internal Revenue Service and the

courts.  PHS takes no position on what the status may be for a

particular taxpayer, and it does not have the authority to dispense

tax advice.  Individuals should consult their local IRS office about

the applicability of the law to their situations and for information

on the proper steps to be taken regarding their tax obligations.



OTHER TRAINING COSTS



Tuition and fees, including self-only medical insurance, for the

individual in training, are allowable trainee costs if such charges

are required of all persons in a similar training status at the

institution, without regard to their source of support.  Family

medical insurance coverage is not an appropriate charge to the NRSA

research training grant.  Tuition at the postdoctoral level is

limited to that required for specific courses in support of the

approved research training program.



Trainee travel, including attendance at scientific meetings that the

institution determined to be necessary to the individual's research

training, is an allowable trainee expense.  In addition, support for

travel to a research training experience away from the grantee

institution may be permitted.  Research training experiences away

from the parent institution must be justified considering the type of

opportunities for training available, how these opportunities differ

from those offered at the parent institution, and the relationship of

the proposed experience to the trainee's career stage and career

goals.  This type of research training requires prior approval from

the NIH.  Letters requesting such training may be submitted to the

NIH awarding component at any time during the award period.



Institutional costs of up to $1,500 per year per predoctoral trainee

and up to $2,500 per year per postdoctoral trainee may be requested

to defray the costs of other research training related expenses, such

as staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies,

and staff travel.



Under exceptional circumstances, which can include accommodating the

disabilities of a trainee, it is possible to request institutional

costs above the standard rate.  These additional costs must be

explained in detail and carefully justified in the application.

Consultation with program staff in advance of such requests is

strongly advised.



The institution may receive up to $125 per month to offset the cost

of tuition, fees, travel, supplies, and other expenses for each

short-term, health-professional research training position.



An indirect cost allowance based on eight percent of total allowable

direct costs (this excludes tuition), or actual indirect costs,

whichever is less, may be requested.  Applications from State and

local government agencies may request full indirect cost

reimbursement (see current PHS Grants Policy Statement).



REVIEW CRITERIA



Applications are evaluated for merit by NIH initial review groups

based on the following criteria:



o  Past research training record of both the program and the

designated preceptors as determined by the success of former trainees

in establishing independent and productive research careers;



o  Past research training record in terms of the success of former

trainees in obtaining individual research awards or fellowships and

career awards for further development;



o  Objectives, design, and direction of the research training

program;



o  Caliber of preceptors as researchers, including successful

competition for research support;



o  The training environment, including the institutional commitment,

the quality of the facilities, availability of appropriate courses,

and the availability of research support;



o  Recruitment and selection plans for trainees, and the availability

of high quality candidates;



o  The record of the research training program in retaining health-

professional postdoctoral trainees for at least two years in research

training or other research activities;



o  When appropriate, the concomitant research training of health-

professional postdoctorates (i.e., individuals with the M.D., D.O.,

D.D.S., etc.) with basic science postdoctorates (i.e., individuals

with a Ph.D., etc.) or linkages with basic science departments.



Short-Term Research Training Positions:  In addition to the above

criteria, applications that request short-term research training

positions will also be assessed using the following criteria:



o  The quality of the proposed short-term research training program

including the commitment and availability of the participating

faculty, the program design, the availability of research support,

and the training environment;



o  Access to candidates for short-term research training and the

ability to recruit high quality, short-term trainees from the

applicant institution or some other health-professional school;



o  The characteristics of the research training program that might be

expected to persuade short-term trainees to consider

academic/research careers, particularly in clinical areas;



o  The success in attracting students back for multiple appointments;



o  The effects of the short-term training program on the quality of

the regular research training program, including the appropriateness

of the number of short-term positions, and the plan to integrate the

short-term training program into the regular research training

program;



o  The plan to follow former short-term trainees and assess the

effect of such research training on their subsequent careers.



ADDITIONAL REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS



Minority Recruitment Plan:  The NIH remains strongly committed to

increasing the participation of individuals from underrepresented

minority groups in biomedical and behavioral research.



As announced in 1989, all competing applications for institutional

NRSA research training grants must include a specific plan to recruit

minorities, and renewal applications also must include a report on

the recruitment and retention record during the previous award

period.  If an application is received without a plan, or without a

report on the previous award period, the application will be

considered incomplete and may be returned to the applicant without

review.  Additional information on this requirement was published in

the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 22, Number 25, July

16, 1993.



Competing renewal applications for research training grants must

include a detailed account of experiences in recruiting individuals

from underrepresented groups during the previous award period.

Information on the types of recruitment strategies used and which

have been successful and unsuccessful must be included.  The report

should provide information on the racial/ethnic distribution of:  (a)

students and/or postdoctorates in the department(s) relevant to the

training grant, (b) individuals who applied for research training,

(c) individuals who were offered admission, and (d) individuals who

were appointed to the research training grant.  For those trainees

who were appointed to the grant, the report should include

information about the duration of research training and whether those

trainees have finished their training in good standing.



After the overall educational and technical merit of an application

has been assessed, peer reviewers will examine and evaluate the

record of the program in recruiting and retaining underrepresented

minority trainees during the previous award period.  The panel also

will consider whether the experience in recruitment during the

previous award period has been incorporated into the formulation of

the recruitment plan for the next award period.  The findings of the

panel will be included in an administrative note to the summary

statement.  If the minority recruitment plan of the application is

judged to be unacceptable, funding will be withheld until a revised

plan that addresses the deficiencies is received.  Staff within the

awarding component, with guidance from the appropriate national

advisory committee or council will determine whether amended plans

and reports submitted after the initial review are acceptable.



Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research:  Every predoctoral

and postdoctoral NRSA trainee supported by an institutional research

training grant must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of

research.  For more information on this provision, please consult a

notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 21, Number

43, November 27, 1992.  Applications must include a description of a

program to provide formal or informal instruction in scientific

integrity or the responsible conduct of research.  Applications

without plans for instruction in the responsible conduct of research

will be considered incomplete and may be returned to the applicant

without review.  Although the NIH does not establish specific

curricula or formal requirements, all programs are encouraged

strongly to consider instruction in the following areas: conflict of

interest, responsible authorship, policies for handling misconduct,

policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects, and data

management.  Plans must address the subject matter of the

instruction, the format of the instruction, the degree of faculty

participation, trainee attendance, and the frequency of instruction.

The rationale for the proposed plan of instruction must be provided.

Program reports on the type of instruction provided, topics covered,

and other relevant information, such as attendance by trainees and

faculty participation, must be included in future competing and

noncompeting applications.



The NIH encourages institutions to provide instruction in the

responsible conduct of research to all graduate students and

postdoctorates in a training program or department, regardless of the

source of support.



Initial review groups will assess plans on the basis of the

appropriateness of topics, format, amount and nature of faculty

participation, and the frequency and duration of instruction.  The

plan will be discussed after the overall determination of merit, so

that the quality of the plan will not be a factor in the

determination of the priority score.  Plans will be judged as

acceptable or unacceptable.  The acceptability of the plan will be

described in an administrative note.  Regardless of the priority

score, applications with unacceptable plans will not be funded until

a revised, acceptable plan is provided by the applicant.  The

acceptability of the revised plan will be judged by staff within the

awarding component at the NIH.



Following initial review, applications are also reviewed by the

appropriate NIH Institute or Center Council, Board, or other advisory

group.  These advisory groups will consider, in addition to the

assessment of the scientific and educational merit of the research

training grant application, the initial review group's comments on

the recruitment of individuals from underrepresented minority groups

into the research training program and the plan for instruction in

the responsible conduct of research.



REVIEW SCHEDULE



Application Receipt Date:   Jan 10      May 10      Sep 10

Initial Review Meeting:     Jun         Oct/Nov     Feb/Mar

Council/Board Meeting:      Sep/Oct     Jan/Feb     May/Jun

Earliest Start Date:        Dec 1       Apr 1       Jul 1



Many institutes review applications once per year.  A table listing

these institutes and the appropriate receipt dates is provided below.



Institute or Center       Application Receipt Date



NICHD                              Jan 10

NEI                                Jan 10

NIAAA                              May 10

NIDCD                              May 10

NIEHS                              May 10

NIMH                               May 10

NINDS                              May 10

NINR                               Sep 10

NIDR                               Sep 10



Applicants are encouraged to contact appropriate Institute staff

before preparing and submitting an application.  Contacts are listed

beginning on page 16.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



Applicants must use the grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 9/91).

This revision contains special instructions for Institutional

National Research Service Awards.



Applicants who wish to include a request for short-term research

training positions should identify short-term positions separately

within the "Stipends" and "Training Related Expenses" categories on

the budget page.  Under "Stipends", short-term positions should be

listed in the "Other" category.  Tuition, fees, and insurance, and

trainee travel, where necessary, are included in "Training Related

Expenses."  The description of the short-term research training

program should be included in the application for the regular

research training program, but should be separated from the

description of the regular program within each section of the

application.  In addition to the information requested in the

"Program Plan" section, the applicant should address the relationship

of the proposed short-term program to the regular research training

program and provide assurance that the short-term program will not

detract from the regular program.



Applicants must observe the 25-page limit on the narrative section.



The form PHS 398 is available at institutional offices of sponsored

research or their equivalent.  If not available locally, call (301)

435-0714 or send a request, accompanied by a self-addressed mailing

label to:



Office of Grants Information

Division of Research Grants

National Institutes of Health

Westwood Building, Room 449

Bethesda, MD  20892



FUNDING CRITERIA



Applications are selected for funding primarily on the basis of

scientific and educational merit, but other factors are considered,

such as:  availability of funds, research program priorities, and

balance among types of research training supported by the awarding

component.  The awarding NIH Institute will notify the applicant of

the final action shortly after the advisory group meeting.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION



For additional information, see the current document titled

Guidelines for National Research Service Awards, Individual Awards -

Institutional Grants usually available at the institution or contact

the appropriate NIH staff person listed below.



AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS



NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants are made under the

authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act as amended

(42 USC 288).  Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 66,

is applicable to this program.  This program is also described under

the following numbers in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance:

93.121, 93.172, 93.173, 93.272, 93.278, 93.282, 93.306, 93.361,

93.398, 93.821, 93.837-93.839, 93.846-93.849, 93.853-93.856, 93.859,

93.862-93.868, 93.871, 93.880, 93.894, and 93.929.



NIH STAFF CONTACTS



Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the individuals

designated below, in advance of preparing an application, for

additional information concerning the areas of research, receipt

dates, and other types of pre-application consultation.



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING (NIA)

Dr. Robin Barr

Telephone:  (301) 496-9322



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)

Dr. Ernestine Vanderveen, Division of Basic Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-1273



Dr. Mary Dufour, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology

Telephone:  (301) 443-4897



Ms. Frances Cotter, Division of Clinical and Prevention Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-1207



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES (NIAID)

Dr. Milton Hernandez

Telephone:  (301) 496-7291



Dr. Leslye Johnson, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Telephone:  (301) 496-7051



Dr. Eugene Zimmerman, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and

Transplantation

Telephone:  (301) 496-8973



Ms. Nancy Brown, Division of AIDS

Telephone:  (301) 496-0638



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES

(NIAMS)

Dr. Richard Lymn

Telephone:  (301) 594-9959



NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)

Dr. Vincent Cairoli

Telephone:  (301) 496-8580



Dr. John Schneider

Telephone:  (301) 496-8580



Dr. Andrew Vargosko

Telephone:  (301) 496-8580



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHD)

Ms. Hildegard Topper

Telephone:  (301) 496-0104



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

(NIDCD)

Dr. Daniel Sklare

Telephone:  (301) 496-1804



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL RESEARCH (NIDR)

Dr. Thomas Valega

Telephone:  (301) 594-7617



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES

(NIDDK)

Dr. Walter Stolz

Telephone:  (301) 594-7527



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

Dr. Timothy Condon

Telephone:  (301) 443-6036



Dr. Charles Sharp, Division of Basic Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-1887



Dr. Arthur Horton, Division of Clinical Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-4060



Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention

Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-6543



Dr. Heinz Sorer, Medications Development Division

Telephone:  (301) 443-6270



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES (NIEHS)

Dr. Michael Galvin

Telephone:  (919) 541-7825



NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE (NEI)

Dr. Maria Giovanni

Telephone:  (301) 496-0484



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES (NIGMS)

Dr. John Norvell

Telephone:  (301) 594-7784



NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE (NHLBI)

Dr. Fann Harding, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Telephone:  (301) 496-1817



Dr. John Fakunding, Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases

Telephone:  (301) 496-1724



Ms. Mary Reilly, Division of Lung Diseases

Telephone:  (301) 594-7466



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

Dr. Harry Gwirtsman, Division of Clinical and Treatment Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-3264



Dr. Kenneth Lutterman, Division of Epidemiology and Services Research

Telephone:  (301) 443-3373



Dr. Stanley Schneider, Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral

Science

Telephone:  (301) 443-4347



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE (NINDS)

Mr. Edward Donohue

Telephone:  (301) 496-4188



NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR NURSING RESEARCH (NINR)

Dr. Ernest Marquez

Telephone:  (301) 594-7865



Dr. Mary Lucas, Acute and Chronic Illnesses Branch

Telephone:  (301) 594-7397



Dr. Sharlene Weiss, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Branch

Telephone:  (301) 594-7496



Dr. Patricia Moritz, Nursing Systems Branch

Telephone:  (301) 594-7493



NATIONAL CENTER FOR HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH (NCHGR)

Dr. Bettie Graham

Telephone:  (301) 496-7531



NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES (NCRR)

Dr. Harriet Gordon

Telephone:  (301) 594-7945



OTHER NIH RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAMS



The NIH provides other opportunities for training and career

development for individuals interested in biomedical and behavioral

careers.  Some examples of these programs are:



o  NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants

o  NRSA Individual Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships

o  NIGMS Minority Predoctoral Fellowships

o  Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

o  Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Institutional Training

Grants

o  Career Development (K) Awards

o  Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities

o  Research Supplements to Promote the Recruitment of Individuals

with Disabilities into Biomedical Research Careers

o  Foreign-funded postdoctoral fellowships for research experiences

abroad.



For a comprehensive list of programs that provide scientific training

support at levels from high school to senior investigator, refer to

"Research Training and Career Development Programs Supported by the

National Institutes of Health.  NIH Publication No. 92-2273."  This

booklet can be obtained by writing the Grants Information Office,

National Institutes of Health, Westwood Building, Room 449, Bethesda,

Maryland, 20892, telephone (301) 435-0714.



NRSA PROGRAMS AT OTHER AGENCIES WITHIN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE



Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)



The AHCPR (formerly the National Center for Health Services Research

and Health Care Technology Assessment) is a separate agency of the

Public Health Service.  AHCPR supports NRSA institutional training

grants that allow predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to gain

experience in applying research methods to the systematic analysis

and evaluation of health services.  For information and application

forms, contact the NRSA Project Officer, AHCPR Center for Research

Dissemination and Liaison, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 400,

Rockville, MD 20852; telephone (301) 594-1362.



Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)



The HRSA is a separate agency within the Public Health Service.  HRSA

offers postdoctoral institutional research training grants for

research training in primary medical care.  These awards permit

trainees to gain experience in applying research methods to the

systematic analyses and evaluation of primary medical care.  For

information and application forms, contact the following offices at

5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland  20857:



Grants Management Branch (T32)

Residency and Advanced Grants Section

Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA

Parklawn Building, Room 8C-26

Telephone:  (301) 443-6002



Programmatic inquiries may be addressed to:



Division of Medicine, BHP/HRSA

Primary Care Medical Education Branch

Parklawn Building, Room 4C-04

Telephone:  (301) 443-6820



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