Full Text PA-95-029


NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 5, February 10, 1995

PA NUMBER:  PA-95-029

P.T. 22


National Institutes of Health


This is a new program announcement (PA) from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) for National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual
Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students.  This trans-NIH
announcement applies to most NIH funding components and replaces the
yearly Request for Applications that has been issued by the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

These fellowships will provide up to five years of support for
research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree;
the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree; or other combined professional
doctorate/research Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical or behavioral
sciences.  These fellowships are for well-qualified students from
minority groups found to be underrepresented in the biomedical and
behavioral sciences in the United States.  Support is NOT available
for individuals enrolled in medical or other professional schools
UNLESS they are enrolled in a combined professional doctorate/Ph.D.
degree program in biomedical or behavioral research.

The intent of this Minority Predoctoral Fellowship Program is to
encourage students from minority groups that are underrepresented in
the biomedical and behavioral sciences to seek graduate degrees and
thus further the goal of increasing the number of minority scientists
who are prepared to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral


Citizenship.  At the time of application, individuals must be
citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States, or have been
lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e.,
in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-
551, or other legal verification of such status).  Noncitizen
nationals are 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.

Minority Status.  Applicants must be from ethnic/racial groups that
are underrepresented in research in the biomedical sciences in the
U.S.  For purposes of this announcement, underrepresented minority
students are defined as individuals belonging to a particular ethnic
or racial group which has been determined by the applicant's graduate
institution to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral
research in the U.S.  In making these awards, the NIH will give
priority consideration to applications from African Americans,
Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, and
others who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical or
behavioral research nationally.

In addition, an applicant must currently be enrolled in a Ph.D. or
equivalent research degree program, a combined M.D./Ph.D. program, or
other combined professional doctorate/research Ph.D. graduate program
in the biomedical or behavioral sciences, or have been accepted by
and agreed to enroll in such a graduate program in the academic year
for which funds are sought.


This PA for individual predoctoral fellowships (F31) is issued under
the auspices of the NRSA Act (see AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS).  An
applicant must work with her/his research advisor or graduate program
director in preparing the application.  Awards will be administered
under the Public Health Service (PHS) Grants Policy Statement and the
NRSA Guidelines for Individual Awards and Institutional Grants.

Period of Support

The period of fellowship support requested in response to this PA may
not exceed five years. (Note:  the total period of predoctoral
training support under the NRSA authorization is limited to 5 years
except in unusual circumstances where a waiver has been requested
from and granted by the funding component.)  Continuation of the
fellowship award for each subsequent year beyond the first is based
upon evidence of satisfactory progress in a graduate program.

Award Provisions

The fellowship award provides an annual stipend of $10,008 to help
meet the fellow's living expenses; a tuition and fee allowance in
accordance with NIH policy; and an annual institutional allowance of
$2,000, which may be used for travel to scientific meetings and for
laboratory and other training expenses.

Stipend Supplementation and Compensation

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 for

Supplementation.  Supplementation, when provided, must not obligate
the fellow in any way.  Additionally, no Federal funds may 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 grant funds be used for supplementation.

Compensation.  An institution may provide additional funds to a
fellow in the form of compensation (as salary and/or tuition
remission) for services, such as teaching or serving as a laboratory
assistant.  Compensation for services is not considered stipend
supplementation.  A fellow may receive compensation for services as a
research assistant or in some other capacity on a Federal research
grant, including a PHS research grant.  However, compensated services
must occur on a limited, part-time basis apart from the normal
training activities, which require a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Compensation may not be paid from a research grant that supports the
same research that is part of the F31 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.

A fellow 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 F31 may not be held concurrently with another Federally sponsored
fellowship or similar Federal award that provides a stipend or
otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA.  However, an individual
may accept concurrent educational benefits from the Department of
Veterans's Affairs (e.g., G.I. Bill) and Federal loans.

Payback Requirements

The NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, signed into law on June 10, 1993,
includes provisions in Section 1602 which eliminate the payback
obligation requirements for predoctoral support.  Accordingly, the
Service Assurance Section VII (pages 29 and 30) of the fellowship
application, PHS 416-1, Revised 10/91, is no longer applicable to
this program.

For more details concerning this change, see NIH Guide for Grants and
Contracts, Volume 22, Number 27, July 30, 1993.

Tax Liability

Section 117 of the Internal Revenue Code applies to the tax treatment
of all scholarships and fellowships.  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 the NIH or with the
institution in which they are pursuing their degree.

The interpretation and implementation of the tax laws are the domain
of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts.  The NIH 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 situation and for information on the proper steps to be
taken regarding their tax obligations.

The business office of the sponsoring institution is responsible for
the annual preparation and issuance of IRS form 1099 (Statement of
Miscellaneous Income) for fellows paid through the institution.

Other Training Costs

Tuition and fees, in accordance with NIH policy, will be provided for
the fellow, along with an institutional allowance of $2,000 per 12-
month period to non-Federal, nonprofit sponsoring institutions to
help defray such awardee expenses as research supplies, equipment,
travel to scientific meetings, and related items.  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 the fellow is not enrolled or engaged in
training for more 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 the NIH.

Additional funds may be requested by the institution if the training
of a fellow involves extraordinary costs for:  (1) travel to field
sites remote from the sponsoring institution; or (2) accommodations
for fellows who are disabled, as defined by the Americans with
Disabilities Act.  The funds requested for extraordinary costs must
be reasonable in relationship to the total dollars awarded under the
F31.  Such additional funds shall be provided only in exceptional
circumstances that are fully justified and explained by the

Funds are not available to cover the cost of travel between the
fellow's place of residence and a 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.


The fellowship application kit PHS 416-1 must be used in applying for
these awards.  These kits are available at most university business
offices and from the Grants Information Office, Division of Research
Grants (DRG), National Institutes of Health, 5333 Westbard Avenue,
Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-0714.

Potential applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to consult with one of
the NIH staff listed under INQUIRIES prior to submitting an
application.  Applicants should identify a faculty mentor/sponsor to
help them determine the most appropriate NIH institute, and staff
member, to contact.

The applicant must follow ALL general instructions in the application
kit AND the specific instructions included in the APPENDIX to this

Applicants and sponsoring institutions must comply with policies and
procedures governing the protection of human subjects, the humane
care and use of live vertebrate animals, and the inclusion of women
and minorities in study populations.

The following MUST be included with the application at the time of
submission.  Failure to include any of these items may delay review
of the application:

o  at least THREE reference letters in sealed envelopes affixed to
the original face page of the application;  APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED

o  a copy of the results of either the Graduate Record Examination or
the Medical College Admission Test (for M.D./Ph.D. applicants) must
be included at the end of the application;

o  a clear and legible copy of the applicant's transcript(s) from all
undergraduate and graduate institutions in which the applicant is/has
been enrolled must be included at the end of the application;

o  certification of eligibility completed by the institution (see
Suggested Format at end of this announcement) must be included at the
end of the application; and

o  a description of the graduate or combined degree program in which
the applicant is either enrolled or has been admitted and agreed to
enroll  must be included as Item 33 of the application.



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

Division of Research Grants
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040
Bethesda, MD  20892
Bethesda, MD  20817 (express mail)

An individual may not have more than one competing NRSA individual
application pending concurrently with the NIH or the PHS.
Furthermore, an application cannot be submitted in response to this
PA that is essentially identical to one that has already been
reviewed.  This does not preclude the submission of substantial
revisions of applications already reviewed, but such applications
must include an Introduction addressing the previous critique.  If a
candidate submits an application in response to this PA that is
substantially similar to one already submitted to the NIH for review,
but which has not yet been reviewed, the applicant will be asked to
withdraw one of them.

Application Receipt and Review Schedule

F31 applications undergo an expedited review that takes approximately
five months.  The two annual review cycles are as follows:

Application Receipt Date:           May 1               Nov 15
Initial Review Date:                Jun/Jul             Jan/Feb
Secondary Review Date:              Aug/Sep             Apr/May
Earliest Possible Start Date:       Sep 1               May 1


Complete applications will be assigned to the appropriate
participating Institute and a suitable DRG initial review group
(IRG).  Applicants will automatically be sent a postcard to inform
them of their application's Institute and IRG assignment.

Applications receive two sequential levels of review.  The first
level is an assessment of the merit of the research training by an
IRG, composed primarily of nongovernment scientists selected for
their competence in research and research training in a particular
scientific area.  After the IRG meeting, the Scientific Review
Administrator (SRA), a designated Federal official who coordinates
the review of applications for the IRG, prepares a written summary of
the review of each application and forwards it to the appropriate NIH
Institute.  A second level of review is provided by Institute staff
members and a funding decision is made by the Institute.

Review Criteria

The review criteria include:

o  the quality of the academic record and the prior research
experience of the applicant;

o  the quality of the graduate program in which the applicant is
already enrolled or plans to enroll;

o  the qualifications and the research/research training experience
of the applicant's sponsor or research advisor;

o  the match between the research interests of the student and the
research advisor/sponsor;

o  for advanced graduate students, scientific significance,
originality, and feasibility of the proposed research; for beginning
students, quality and clarity of stated research interests.


Shortly after the IRG meeting, each applicant will be sent a postcard
that includes the IRG 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,
he/she automatically forwards a copy to the applicant.

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


The staff of the NIH Institutes use the following criteria in making
awards:  (1) eligibility of the applicant; (2) the IRG 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.


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

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


NRSAs 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.

Fellowships must be administered in accordance with the current NRSA
Guidelines for Individual Awards and Institutional Grants, the
current PHS Grants Policy Statement, and any terms and conditions
specified on the Notice of Research Fellowship Award.

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


For additional information contact the appropriate individual listed
below or if you are not sure whom to contact, call Dr. Walter
Schaffer, Research Training Officer, National Institutes of Health,
(301) 496-9743.  Dr. Schaffer can also be reached on Internet at
ws11q@nih.gov.  All the individuals listed below can be reached via
the Federal Information Relay System, 1 (800) 877-8339.

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

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Dr. Ernestine Vanderveen
Telephone:  (301) 443-1273
Email:  tvanderv@willco.niaaa.nih.gov

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Dr. Milton Hernandez
Telephone:  (301) 496-7291
Email:  mh35c@nih.gov

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

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Dr. John Schneider
Telephone:  (301) 496-8580
E-mail:  schneidj@dcbdcep.nci.nih.gov

Dr. Andrew Vargosko
Telephone:  (301) 496-8580
Email: vargoska@dcbdcep.nci.nih.gov

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Ms. Hildegard Topper
Telephone:  (301) 496-0104
Email:  ht20t@nih.gov

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

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

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

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

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

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Division of Basic Research
Dr. Charles Sharp
Telephone:  (301) 443-1887
Email:  csharp@aoada.ssw.dhhs.gov

Division of Clinical Research
Dr. Arthur Horton
Telephone:  (301) 443-4060
Email:  ahorton@aoada.ssw.dhhs.gov

Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Dr. Mario De La Rosa
Telephone:  (301) 443-6543
Email:  mdelaros@aoada.ssw.dhhs.gov

Medications Development Division
Dr. Heinz Sorer
Telephone:  (301) 443-6270
E-mail:  hsorer@aoada.ssw.dhhs.gov

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Dr. Michael Galvin, Jr.
Telephone:  (919) 541-7825
Email:  mg63c@nih.gov

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

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Dr. Adolphus Toliver
Telephone:  (301) 594-3900
Email:  tolivera@gm1.nigms.nih.gov

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
Dr. Fann Harding
Telephone:  (301) 496-1817
Email:  fh11h@nih.gov

Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases
Dr. Joyce Hunter
Telephone:  (301) 496-1724
Email:  jh75q@nih.gov

Division of Lung Diseases
Ms. Mary Reilly
Telephone:  (301) 594-7466
Email:  mr50w@nih.gov

Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications
Dr. Thomas Blaszkowski
Telephone:  (301) 496-1841
Email:  tb33i@nih.gov

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Mr. Edward Donohue
Telephone:  (301) 496-4188
Email:  ed25b@nih.gov

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Dr. Teresa Radebaugh
Telephone:  (301) 594-7590
Email:  tradebaugh@ep.ninr.nih.gov

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

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Dr. Harriet Gordon
Telephone:  (301) 594-7945
Email:  harrietg@ep.ncrr.nih.gov

NOTE:  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsors
similar predoctoral programs and provides support for dissertation
research for students from underrepresented minority groups whose
research relates to the scientific interests of the NIMH.  For
information on these programs contact the Office for Special
Populations, National Institute of Mental Health, 5600 Fishers Lane,
Parklawn Building, Room 17C14, Rockville, MD 20857, telephone (301)

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program of NIGMS has a
similar fellowship program to support graduates of its various MARC
Honors Undergraduate Research Training programs while they attend
graduate school to earn an advanced degree in one of the biomedical
sciences.  Graduates of the MARC Program are encouraged to apply to
the MARC Predoctoral Fellowship Program.  For further information
contact the MARC Program Office, National Institute of General
Medical Sciences, Natcher Building, Room 2AS37, Bethesda, MD 20892,
telephone (301) 594-3900.


Instructions for Completing the Application

A.  To be completed by the student-applicant

(Form Page 1)

Item 1.  ("Title of Research Training Proposal").  Type: MINORITY

Item 2.  ("Level of Fellowship").  Type:  Predoctoral.

Item 3.  ("Program Announcement Number").  Type:   PA-95-

Items 4 - 8.  Self explanatory.

Item 4i  ("Citizenship").  See explanation under 'ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS' at the beginning of this Announcement.  Applications
from permanent residents MUST be accompanied by a notarized

(Items 9 - 14.  Completed by sponsor).


(Form Page 2)

Items 16-18.  Self explanatory; if any do not apply to you, type N/A.

(Items 19 and 20. Completed by sponsor)

Item 21.  (Abstract of Proposed Research).  If you have selected a
thesis topic, briefly describe, in abstract form, the question you
are studying, how you are approaching it, and the health relatedness
of your project.  If you have not yet selected a thesis project, type
"No thesis selected," and instead give a brief description of the
research area that interests you most, even if your research
interests are still very broad, and why.

(Form Page 3)

Fill in the appropriate page numbers in the spaces provided.

(Form Page 4)

Item 22.  (Scholastic Performance).  List all undergraduate and
graduate courses you have taken and the grades you received.  In
addition, you MUST submit a LEGIBLE copy of a transcript from all
undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended or are
currently attending.

(Form Page 5)

Items 23-26.  Self-explanatory

(Form Page 6)

Item 27.  Research Experience

a.  (Summary).  Provide a thorough description of your relevant work
and research experiences, including time, place, research director,
and your role in the research.

b.  (Doctoral Dissertation).  Leave blank.

c.  (Publications).  Include a list of publications, abstracts, and
poster presentations.  Three (3) collated sets of copies of
publications may be provided as part of Section 3 (Appendix).

Item 28.  (Revised Application).  Complete ONLY if this application
is a revision of an application submitted earlier.  Limit this to 1

Item 29.  (Research Training Plan)

a.  (Activities Under Award).  Explain your research training and
long-range career goals, and how the proposed course of study to be
supported by this fellowship will help you attain these goals.  If
appropriate, explain how prior work and research experiences affected
your choice of career goals.

b. and c. (Research Proposal and Respective Contributions).  If you
have selected a research thesis topic, complete this section
according to the instructions.  If you have not yet selected a
thesis, give a description of the research area that interests you
most and why.

d.  (Selection of a Sponsor and Institution).  Explain why you chose
to enroll in this university/institution and in this graduate
program.  If you have selected a research advisor, give the rationale
for your choice.  If you have not selected an advisor, identify up to
five individuals with whom you would like to work, giving a rationale
for your choices.

B.  To be completed by the research advisor or sponsor

complete the items in this section.  If the applicant HAS NOT YET
SELECTED A RESEARCH ADVISOR, the director of the graduate program
should designate a sponsor to complete these items.  The director may
choose to serve as the sponsor.

For Items 9-14 on Form Page 1, items 19-20 on Form Page 2, and items
30-37 on Form Pages 7, 8, and 9 follow the instructions in the 416

In Item 33, in addition to the information requested in the
application kit:

(1)  for ALL students, provide a full description of the graduate or
combined degree program in which the applicant is (or is to be)
enrolled. This description should give both the normal course of
study (both didactic and laboratory) for students enrolled in the
program AND the specific training plan for the applicant;

(2)  for students ALREADY ENROLLED in the graduate program, describe
the applicant's course of study up to the time of submission of the
application and plans for further study; and

(3)  for ALL students, provide the applicable tuition and fees for
each year of support requested.  Such tuition and fees must be those
charged to all similar individuals regardless of source of support.

C.  To be supplied by the university or institution

1.  A statement from the institution certifying: (a) the applicant is
enrolled as a predoctoral student OR has been accepted by and agreed
to enroll in the graduate training program; (b) the applicant is a
citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident of the U.S. (see
'ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, at the beginning of this Announcement);
(c) the applicant is an eligible minority individual, as indicated on
page 2 of this Announcement (this certification MAY include an
identification of the applicant's ethnic/racial group); and   This
statement must be signed by the director of the graduate program in
which the student is (or is to be) enrolled and by the official
authorized to sign for the institution.  FAILURE TO INCLUDE THIS
may wish to use the format given at the end of the announcement.

Although optional, identification of the applicant's ethnic or racial
group will aid the NIH in making awards and in determining the
success of this program.

2.  By signing Item 37 (Form Page 9), the institution is also
certifying the accuracy of the tuition and fees requested for each
year of support as listed in Item 33.

section C.1, above)


This is to certify that  (applicant's name), who submitted an
application for an NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Award for Minority
Students is:

(1) currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. (or other
combined professional doctorate/research doctorate) degree program in
the biomedical sciences at this institution, or has been accepted by
and agreed to enroll in such a program during the    (insert date)
academic year;

(2) an underrepresented minority student, i.e., belonging to a
particular ethnic or racial group that has been determined by our
institution to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral
research in the U.S.;

OPTIONAL:  This individual is a member of the
racial/ethnic group.

(3) a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a permanent resident.

Signature                            Signature
Graduate Program Director            Authorized University Official
Title                                Title


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