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The Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences supports broad and fundamental, early-stage graduate research training in the neurosciences. This initiative began in 1997 to provide support during the early years of graduate training, the first and second years, typically before full-time thesis research begins. Trainees are expected to be participants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in the neurosciences. We encourage a curriculum that spans the breadth of neurosciences in terms of the level of analysis (genes to molecules to cells to integrated, functional systems and behavior), approaches (including translational research), and the neuroscience of disease and disorders. We also encourage programs to incorporate formal education in experimental design and statistics. The portion of the institutional training program supported by a Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral training grant would typically include core courses, laboratory rotations, and programmatic activities. It is expected that these institutional training programs will contribute to basic and disease-related neuroscience research that is relevant to the participating NIH Institutes.
The Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences is managed by a trans-NIH steering committee with one member from each of the participating Institutes. For calendar year 2014, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences is the lead Institute, and Alison Cole is the committee chairperson. Please contact her by email (Alison.Cole@nih.gov) or phone (301.594.3827) if you have questions about a possible application.