NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARDS FOR INDIVIDUAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS (F32)

Release Date:  June 1, 2000 (superseded by PA-03-067)

PA NUMBER:  PA-00-104

National Institutes of Health 

This program announcement supersedes PA-99-025, which appeared in the NIH Guide 
on December 11, 1998.
 
PURPOSE 

The Congress of the United States enacted the National Research Service Act 
(NRSA) Program in 1974 to help ensure that highly trained scientists will be 
available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the 
Nation's biomedical and behavioral research agenda. Under this congressional 
authority, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards NRSA individual 
postdoctoral fellowships (F32) to promising applicants with the potential to 
become productive, independent investigators in fields related to the mission of 
the NIH constituent institutes and centers. 

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010

The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion 
and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS led national 
activity for setting priority areas.  This Program Announcement (PA), National 
Research Service Award For Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32), is related to 
one or more of the priority areas.  Potential applicants may obtain a copy of 
"Healthy People 2010" at http://www.health.gov/healthypeople/.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

Citizenship. By the time of award, individuals must be citizens or non-citizen 
nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the 
United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien 
Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). 
Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the 
United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary 
or student visas are not eligible. 

Degree Requirements. Before an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship award can be 
activated, the individual must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S., 
D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.S., N.D., Pharm.D., D.S.W., 
Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign 
institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting 
institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable. 

Sponsor. Before submitting a fellowship application, the applicant must identify 
a sponsoring institution and an individual who will serve as a sponsor (also 
called mentor or supervisor) and will supervise the training and research 
experience. 

The applicant's sponsor should be an active investigator in the area of the 
proposed research who will directly supervise the candidate's research. The 
sponsor must document the availability of staff, research support, and 
facilities for high-quality research training. Applicants proposing training at 
their doctorate institution or at the institution where they have been training 
for more than a year must document the opportunities for new training 
experiences designed to broaden their scientific background. 

Foreign Sponsorship. Applicants requesting foreign training must show in the 
application that the foreign institution and sponsor offer unique opportunities 
that are not currently available in the United States. Only if there is a clear 
scientific advantage will foreign training be supported. 

Institution.  The sponsoring institution may be private (profit or nonprofit) or 
public, including the NIH Intramural Programs and other Federal laboratories. 

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT 

This program announcement for the individual Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (F32) 
is issued under the auspices of the NRSA Act (see AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS). 
Individuals may receive up to 3 years of aggregate NRSA support at the 
postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional 
training grants and individual fellowship awards. Exception to the 3-year limit 
requires a waiver from the NIH awarding component. Individuals seeking a waiver 
should consult with relevant staff.  If the need for a waiver is anticipated, 
the application must include a justification for training beyond 3 years of 
aggregate NRSA support. 

The proposed NRSA training must be within the scope of biomedical, behavioral, 
or clinical research and must offer an opportunity for individuals to broaden 
their scientific background or to extend their potential for research in health-
related areas. For those who have a health professional degree, the proposed 
training may be part of a research degree program. 

Individuals are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, 
devoting at least 40 hours per week to the training program. Research clinicians 
must devote full-time to their proposed research training and must restrict 
clinical duties within their full-time research training experience to 
activities that are directly related to the research training experience. An 
NRSA fellowship (F32) may not be used to support studies leading to the M.D., 
D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., or other similar health-professional degrees. Neither may 
these awards be used to support the clinical years of residency training. 

The Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is required 
by law, to consider the Nation's overall needs for biomedical personnel and to 
give special consideration to physicians and other health professionals who 
agree to undertake a minimum of 2 years of biomedical, behavioral or clinical 
research. NIH recognizes the critical importance of training clinicians to 
become researchers and encourages them to apply. Women, minorities, and 
individuals with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. 

ALLOWABLE COSTS

Stipend.  NRSA awards provide stipends to postdoctoral fellows as a subsistence 
allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training 
experience. The awards are not provided as a condition of employment with either 
the Federal government or the sponsoring institution. 

The stipend level for the first year of NRSA support is determined by the number 
of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time the award is 
issued.  Fellows with less than one full year of postdoctoral experience at the 
time of award will receive initial support at the zero level.  Relevant 
experience may include research (including research in industry), teaching, 
internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in full-time studies 
in a health-related field beyond that of the qualifying doctoral degree. The 
stipend schedule is updated from time-to-time and applicants are advised to 
check for the posting of the current stipend schedule on the NIH website at 
http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm .  The awarding NIH institute or center 
will adjust awards on their anniversary date to ensure consistency with the 
current stipend schedule.  Postdoctoral stipends for fiscal year 2000 are as 
follows: 

Postdoctoral Years of Experience 

0                                                  $26,916            
1                                                  $28,416            
2                                                  $33,516            
3                                                  $35,232            
4                                                  $36,936            
5                                                  $38,628            
6                                                  $40,332            
7 or more                                          $42,300 

The stipend for each subsequent year of NRSA support is the next level in the 
stipend structure and begins on the anniversary date of the award (does not 
change mid-year). No departure from the published NRSA stipend schedule may be 
negotiated between the institution and the fellow. 

For fellows sponsored by domestic non-federal institutions, the stipend will be 
paid through the sponsoring institution. For fellows sponsored by Federal or 
foreign institutions, the monthly stipend payment will be deposited in the 
fellow's U.S. bank account or paid directly to the fellow by U. S. Department of 
Treasury check. 

Tuition and Fees.  The NIH will offset the combined cost of tuition and fees at 
the following rate: 100 percent of all costs up to $3,000 and 60 percent of 
costs above $3,000. Costs associated with tuition and fees are allowable only if 
they are required for specific courses in support of the research training 
experience supported by the fellowship.  A full description of the tuition 
policy is contained within the NRSA Policy Guidelines on the NIH website at 
http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm  

Institutional Allowance.  NIH will provide an institutional allowance of $4,000 
per 12-month period to nonfederal, nonprofit, or foreign sponsoring institutions 
to help defray such awardee expenses as research supplies, equipment, health 
insurance (either self-only or family as appropriate), and travel to scientific 
meetings.  Support for health insurance is allowable only if it is required for 
all individuals in a similar research training status regardless of the source 
of support. This allowance is intended to cover training- related expenses for 
the individual awardee. The allowance is not available until the fellow 
officially activates the award.  If an individual fellow is enrolled or engaged 
in training for less than 6 months of the award year, only one-half of that 
year's allowance may be charged to the grant.  The Notice of Research Fellowship 
Award will be revised and the balance must be refunded to NIH. 

NIH will provide an institutional allowance of up to $3,000 for fellows 
sponsored by Federal laboratories or for-profit institutions for expenses 
associated with travel to scientific meetings, health insurance, and books. For 
fellows at for-profit institutions, the $3,000 will be paid to the institution 
for disbursement to the fellow. Funds for fellows at Federal laboratories will 
be disbursed from the NIH awarding institute.

Other Training Costs.  Additional funds may be requested by the institution when 
the training of a fellow involves extraordinary costs for travel to field sites 
remote from the sponsoring institution; or, accommodations for fellows who are 
disabled, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act. The funds requested 
for costs of this nature must be reasonable in relationship to the total dollars 
awarded under the fellowship and must be directly related to the approved 
research training experience. Such additional funds shall be provided only in 
exceptional circumstances that are fully justified and explained by the 
sponsoring institution. 

Awards for training at a foreign site may include a single economy or coach 
round-trip travel fare. No allowance is provided for dependents. U.S. flag air 
carriers must be used to the maximum extent possible when commercial air 
transportation is available for travel between the United States and a foreign 
country or between foreign countries.  Funds are not provided to cover the cost 
of travel between the fellow's place of residence and a domestic training 
institution. However, in cases of extreme need or hardship, a one-way travel 
allowance may be authorized by the sponsoring institution. Such travel must be 
paid from the institutional allowance. 

Facilities and Administrative Costs.  F&A (indirect) costs are not allowed on 
individual fellowship awards.

STIPEND SUPPLEMENTATION, COMPENSATION, AND OTHER INCOME

An institution is permitted to provide funds to a fellow in addition to the 
stipend paid by the NIH.  Such additional amounts may be in the form of 
augmented stipends (supplementation) or compensation. 

Supplementation. Supplementation or additional support to offset the cost of 
living may be provided by the sponsoring institution, but must not require any 
additional effort from the fellow. 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 Department of 
Health and Human Services (DHHS) funds be used for supplementation. 

Compensation. An institution may provide additional funds to a fellow in the 
form of compensation (such as salary and/or tuition remission) for services such 
as teaching or research. A fellow may receive compensation for services as a 
research assistant on a Federal research grant, including a PHS research grant. 
However, compensated services must only 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 supporting research that constitutes 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 
fellow's approved NRSA training program. Additionally, compensation must be in 
accordance with institutional policies applied consistently to both federally 
and non-federally supported activities and supported by acceptable accounting 
records determined by the employer-employee relationship agreement. 

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 fellowship may not be held concurrently with another 
Federally sponsored fellowship or similar award that provides a stipend or 
otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA. 

Tax Liability. The Internal Revenue Code, Section 117, applies to the tax 
treatment of all scholarships and fellowships. Under that section, non-degree 
candidates are required to report, as gross income, all stipends and any monies 
paid on their behalf for course tuition and fees required for attendance. Degree 
candidates may exclude from gross income reported 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 fellows and institutions. NRSA stipends are not considered salaries. NRSA 
fellows are not considered to be in an employee-employer relationship with NIH 
or with the institution in which they are pursuing research training.  It is 
therefore inappropriate and unallowable to charge costs normally associated with 
employment (such as FICA, workman's compensation, unemployment insurance, etc) 
to the fellowship.

The interpretation and implementation of the tax laws are the domain of the 
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts. NIH takes no position on the 
status of 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. 

PAYBACK 

As required by the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, postdoctoral fellows incur a 
service obligation of 1 month for each month of support during the first 12 
months of the NRSA postdoctoral support. The 13th and subsequent months of NRSA 
support are acceptable postdoctoral payback service. Thus, individuals who 
continue under the award for 2 years will have paid off their first year 
obligation by the end of the second year. 

Applicants accepting an award for the first 12 months of NRSA postdoctoral 
support must sign a payback agreement (PHS Form 6031) in which they agree to 
engage in health-related research training, research, and/or teaching for 12 
months. 

Those who do not pay back their obligation through continued NRSA supported 
training may satisfy their obligation by serving in a position in which health-
related research, research training, or teaching are the primary activities.  
Such individuals must engage in research, research training, or teaching at a 
rate of 20 or more hours per week averaged over a full work-year. Payback 
service may be conducted in an academic, governmental, commercial, or 
nonacademic environment, in the United States or in a foreign country. Examples 
of acceptable payback service include research associateships/assistantships, 
postdoctoral research fellowships, and college or high school science teaching 
positions. Examples of unacceptable payback service include clinical practice 
and administrative responsibilities not directly related to scientific research. 

Payback service positions are arranged by the individual, not by the NIH. The 
NIH institute supporting the fellowship will review and approve the activity at 
the end of the year in which it occurs. Service to satisfy any outstanding 
obligation must be initiated within 2 years after termination of NRSA support, 
and must be performed on a continuous basis. For individuals who fail to fulfill 
their service obligation, 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 U.S. Department of 
Treasury. Financial payback must be completed within 3 years, beginning on the 
date the United States becomes entitled to recover such amount. 

Under certain conditions, the Secretary, DHHS, may extend the period for 
starting service, permit breaks in service, extend the period of repayment, or 
otherwise waive the payback obligation when compliance would constitute a 
substantial hardship against equity and good conscience. Policies regarding the 
NRSA payback obligation are explained in the NRSA Policy Guidelines available on 
the World Wide Web at 
http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsaguidelines/nrsa_toc.htm.  Specific questions 
may appear in a list of Frequently Asked Questions which appears on the Web at 
http://grants.nih.gov/training/faq_fellowships.htm.  Other questions on payback 
should be directed to the appropriate NIH institute contact. 

LEAVE 

Fellows may continue to receive stipends during periods of vacation and holidays 
available to individuals in comparable training positions at the sponsoring 
institution. Also, fellows may continue to receive stipends for up to 15 
calendar days of sick leave per year. Sick leave may be used for the medical 
conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Fellows may continue to receive 
stipends for up to 30 calendar days of parental leave per year for the adoption 
or the birth of a child when those in comparable training positions at the 
grantee or sponsoring institution have access to paid leave for this purpose and 
the use of parental leave is approved by the sponsor. A period of terminal leave 
is not permitted and payment may not be made from grant funds for leave not 
taken. Individuals requiring extended periods of time away from their research 
training experience must seek approval from the NIH awarding component for an 
unpaid leave of absence. 

PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS

Inclusion Of Women And Minorities In Research Involving Human Subjects:  It is 
the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups and their 
subpopulations must be included in all NIH supported biomedical and behavioral 
research projects involving human subjects, unless a clear and compelling 
rationale and justification are provided that inclusion is inappropriate with 
respect to the health of the subjects or the purpose of the research.  This 
policy results from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public 
Law 103-43).

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the 
"NIH Guidelines For Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical 
Research," which have been published in the Federal Register of March 28, 1994 
(FR 59 14508-14513) and in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Vol. 23, No. 
11, March 18, 1994 and is available on the web at the following URL address:  
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not94-100.html 
 
Inclusion Of Children As Participants In Research Involving Human Subjects:  It 
is the policy of NIH that children (i.e., individuals under the age of 21) must 
be included in all human subjects research, conducted or supported by the NIH, 
unless there are scientific and ethical reasons not to include them.  This 
policy applies to all initial (Type 1) applications submitted for receipt dates 
after October 1, 1998.

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the 
"NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Children as Participants in 
Research Involving Human Subjects" that was published in the NIH Guide for 
Grants and Contracts, March 6, 1998, and is available at the following URL 
address: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-024.html 

Investigators also may obtain copies of these policies from the program staff 
listed under INQUIRIES.  Program staff may also provide additional relevant 
information concerning the policy.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES  

Individuals must submit the application form, PHS Individual National Research 
Service Award (PHS 416-1, rev. 12/98).  APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST THREE 
SEALED LETTERS OF REFERENCE.  APPLICATIONS WITHOUT AT LEAST THREE LETTERS OF 
REFERENCE MAY BE RETURNED OR DELAYED IN REVIEW.  If the applicant has been 
lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, the appropriate 
item should be checked on the Face Page of the application. Applicants who have 
applied for and have not yet been granted admission as a permanent resident 
should check the Permanent Resident block on the Face Page of the PHS 416-1 
application, and also write in the word "pending." A notarized statement 
documenting legal admission for permanent residence must be submitted prior to 
the issuance of an award. 

If the fellowship application is submitted in response to a Program Announcement 
(PA) or Request for Application (RFA) from a particular NIH institute, the 
applicant should identify the number of the PA or RFA in Item 3. 

Instructions in the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Applications must include the candidate's plans for obtaining instruction in the 
responsible conduct of research, including the rationale, subject matter, 
appropriateness, format, frequency and duration of instruction.  The amount and 
nature of faculty participation must be described.  No award will be made if an 
application lacks this component.

Application Materials.  

To obtain application kits with instructions and forms, please contact your 
institutional office of sponsored research. If application kits are not 
available at the institution, they may be downloaded from the NIH website at 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm#training  or it may be requested from 
the: 

Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources 
National Institutes of Health 
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6207, MSC 7910 
Bethesda, Maryland  20892-7910 
Telephone: (301) 435-0714
FAX: (301) 480-0525

For faster service, send Email requests to grantsinfo@nih.gov . Please allow 2-4 
weeks for U.S. mail requests. 

Concurrent Applications. An individual may not have more than one individual 
NRSA fellowship or comparable application pending review or award at the NIH or 
other DHHS agencies at the same time. 

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule.  F32 applications undergo a 
review process that takes between 5 and 8 months. The receipt dates and the 
three annual review cycles are as follows: 

Application Receipt Dates:    Apr 5           Aug 5           Dec 5 
Initial Review Dates:         Jun/Jul         Oct/Nov         Feb/Mar 
Secondary Review Dates:       Aug/Sep         Dec/Jan         Apr/May 
Range of Likely Start Dates:  Sep 1 - Dec 1   Jan 1 - Mar 1   May 1 - Jul 1 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED

SUBMISSION

Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application (including the 
Checklist, Personal Data form, AT LEAST THREE SEALED REFERENCE LETTERS, and all 
other required materials) and two (2) exact, clear, single-sided photocopies of 
the signed application, in one package to:

CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040, MSC 7710
BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD 20817 (express mail)

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS 

Complete applications will be assigned to the appropriate participating 
Institute and a suitable Scientific Review Group (SRG) in the Center for 
Scientific Review (CSR).  Applicants will be notified by mail of their 
application's Institute and SRG assignment.  

Applications receive two sequential levels of review. The first level is an 
assessment of the merit of the research training by an SRG, composed primarily 
of non-government scientists selected for their competence in research and 
research training in a scientific area related to the application.  After the 
SRG meeting, the Scientific Review Administrator (SRA), a designated Federal 
official who coordinates the review of applications for the SRG, prepares a 
written summary of the review of each application and forwards it to the 
appropriate NIH Institute.  Staff within the assigned funding Institute or 
Center provides a second level of review. 

Review Criteria.  The review criteria focus on four main components: 

Candidate: An assessment of the candidate's previous academic and research 
performance and the potential to become an important contributor to biomedical, 
behavioral, or clinical science. 

Sponsor and Training Environment: An assessment of the quality of the training 
environment and the qualifications of the sponsor as a mentor for the proposed 
research training experience. 

Research Proposal: The merit of the scientific proposal and its relationship to 
the candidate's career plans. 

Training Potential: An assessment of the value of the proposed fellowship 
experience as it relates to the candidate's needs in preparation for a career as 
an independent researcher. 

Notification.  Shortly after the SRG meeting, each applicant will be notified by 
mail of the SRG recommendation and the name and phone number of the Institute 
program official responsible for the application.  When the program official 
representing the Institute receives the written summary of the review, prepared 
by the SRA after the review meeting, a copy will be forwarded to the applicant.  

Following the second-level review, the program official will notify each 
applicant of the final disposition of the application. Any questions on SRG 
recommendations and funding possibilities should be directed to the appropriate 
Institute program official, not the Scientific Review Administrator of the SRG. 

AWARD CRITERIA 

The staff of the NIH institutes use the following criteria in making awards:  
(1) eligibility of the applicant; (2) the SRG recommendation of the overall 
merit of the application; (3) the relevance of the application to the 
Institute's research priorities and program balance; and (4) the availability of 
funds.

Activation. No funds may be disbursed until the fellow has started training 
under the award and an Activation Notice (PHS 416-5) and (when appropriate) a 
Payback Agreement (PHS 6031) has been submitted to the NIH. 

An awardee has up to 6 months from the issue date on the award notice to 
activate the award. Under unusual circumstances, an NIH institute may grant an 
extension of the activation period upon receipt of a specific request from the 
fellow. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SUPPORT  

Fellowships must be administered in accordance with the current NRSA Policy 
Guidelines for Individual Awards and Institutional Grants (see the NIH Website 
at http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm  ), the current NIH Grants Policy 
Statement (see the NIH Website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/policy.htm  
), and any terms and conditions specified on the award notice. 

Certification and Reporting Procedures. No application will be accepted without 
the applicant signing the certification block on the face page of the 
application.  Individuals admitted to the United States as Permanent Residents 
must submit notarized evidence of legal admission prior to the award.  A Payback 
Agreement Form (PHS 6031) must accompany the Activation Notice when the award is 
for the individual's initial 12 months of NRSA postdoctoral support. When 
support ends, the fellow must submit a Termination Notice (PHS 416-7) to the 
NIH.  And, if the fellow has a payback obligation, he or she must notify the NIH 
of any change in address and submit Annual Payback Activities Certification 
Forms (PHS 6031-1) until the payback service obligation is satisfied.  Forms 
will be provided to awardees by the NIH awarding component.  Forms may also be 
found on the NIH Website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm  . 

Inventions and Publications. Fellowships made primarily for educational purposes 
are exempted from the PHS invention requirements.  F32 awards will not contain 
any provision giving PHS rights to inventions made by the awardee. 

Data Sharing.  PHS policy is to make available to the public the results and 
accomplishments of the activities that it funds. Therefore, it is incumbent upon 
fellows to make results and accomplishments of their F32 activities available to 
the public. The sponsoring institution should place no restrictions on the 
publication of results in a timely manner. 

Copyrights. Except as otherwise provided in the terms and conditions of the 
award, the recipient is free to arrange for copyright without approval when 
publications, data, or other copyrightable works are developed in the course of 
work under a PHS grant-supported project or activity. Any such copyrighted or 
copyrightable works shall be subject to a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and 
irrevocable license to the Government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use 
them, and to authorize others to do so for Federal Government purposes. 

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS 

NRSA awards are made under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health 
Service Act as amended (42 USC 288), and Title 42 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, Part 66. The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
numbers are applicable to these awards: 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, 93.862-93.867, 93.880, 93.894, and 93.929. 

This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of 
Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review. 

INQUIRIES

Written and telephone inquiries concerning this program announcement are 
encouraged, especially during the planning phase of the application.  Below is a 
listing of NIH contacts:  

National Institute on Aging (NIA) 
Dr. Robin Barr 
Telephone: (301) 496-9322 
Email:  rb42h@nih.gov 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 
Harold I. Perl, Ph.D.
Division of Clinical and Prevention Research 
Telephone: 301-443-0788 
E-mail: hperl@willco.niaaa.nih.gov 

Ernestine Vanderveen, Ph.D. 
Division of Basic Research 
Telephone: 301-443-2531 
E-mail: tvanderv@willco.niaaa.nih.gov

Vivian B. Faden, Ph.D.
Division of Biometry and Epidemiology 
Telephone: 301-594-6232 
E-mail: vfaden@willco.niaaa.nih.gov

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 
Dr. Milton Hernandez 
Telephone: (301) 496-3775 or (800) 380-3876 
Email: mh35c@nih.gov 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) 
Dr. Richard Lymn 
Telephone: (301) 594-5128 
Email: rl28b@nih.gov 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
Drs. Lester Gorelic and Andrew Vargosko 
Telephone: (301) 496-8580
Email:  lg2h@nih.gov and av8b@nih.gov

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) 
Dr. Steven Klein 
Telephone: (301) 496-5541 
Email: sk5d@nih.gov 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 
Dr. Daniel Sklare 
Telephone: (301) 496-1804 
Email: ds104i@nih.gov 

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 
Dr. James Lipton 
Telephone: (301) 594-2618 
Email: jl46d@nih.gov 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) 
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases 
Dr. Ronald Margolis 
Telephone: (301) 594-8819 
Email: rm76f@nih.gov 

Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition 
Dr. Judith Podskalny 
Telephone: (301) 594-8876 
Email: jp53s@nih.gov 

Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases 
Dr. Charles Rodgers 
Telephone: (301) 594-7726 
Email: cr36d@nih.gov 

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 
Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research 
Dr. Charles Sharp 
Telephone: (301) 443-1887 
Email: cs107m@nih.gov 

Division of Epidemiology, Prevention, and Services Research 
Dr. Kathy Etz
Telephone: (301) 443-1514 
Email: ke25p@nih.gov 

Division of Treatment Research and Development
Dr. Jamie Biswas 
Telephone: (301) 443-5280 
Email: jb168r@nih.gov


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 
Dr. Carol Shreffler 
Telephone: (919) 541-1445 
Email: cs63y@nih.gov 

National Eye Institute (NEI) 
Dr. Maria Y. Giovanni 
Telephone: (301) 496-0484 
Email: mg37u@nih.gov 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) 
Deputy Associate Director for Extramural Activities 
Telephone: (301) 594-3910 
Email: dadea@nigms.nih.gov 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 
Dr. Michael Commarato
Telephone: (301) 435-0530
Email: mc63a@nih.gov 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 
Della Hann, Ph.D.
Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research and AIDS
Telephone:  (301) 443-9700
Email:  dhann@mail.nih.gov

Walter L. Goldschmidts, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
Telephone: (301) 443-3563
Email:  wgoldsch@mail.nih.gov

Enid Light, Ph.D.
Division of Services and Intervention Research
Telephone: (301) 443-1185
Email: elight@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) 
Dr. Henry Khachaturian
Telephone: (301) 496-4188 
Email: hk11b@nih.gov 

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) 
Dr. Nell Armstrong
Telephone:  (301) 594-5973
Email:  nell_armstrong@nih.gov

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) 
Dr. Bettie Graham 
Telephone: (301) 496-7531 
Email: bg30t@nih.gov 

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) 
Dr. David Wilde
Telephone: (301) 435-0799 
Email: dw171w@nih.gov 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 
Dr. Neal West
Telephone: 301-402-5867
Email: westn@od.nih.gov

Other NIH Programs That Support Research Training: 

For a complete description of NIH extramural and intramural programs that 
provide research training support at levels from high school to the senior 
investigator level at NIH facilities, research institutions, colleges, and 
universities around the United States, please connect with the NIH website at 
http://grants.nih.gov/training/.

If you are not sure whom to contact about this program, please call:

Walter T. Schaffer, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6184
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7911
Phone: 301-435-2687
FAX: 301-480-0146
Email: ws11q@nih.gov


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