Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)

Release Date: June 3, 2016
Expiration Date: May 8, 2019

NIH Institute or Center

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.

Jeannette Korczak, Ph.D.

Sergei Radaev, Ph.D

Grants Management Contact:
Nicole Jones
Phone: 240-276-7156

NCI-Specific Information:

NCI requires a clear cancer focus in the research training and gives funding priority to applications for which the primary sponsor has cancer-related R01 (or equivalent) research funding. For the F31, R01-equivalent research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants with a minimum of 3 years in duration and $150,000 in annual direct costs. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.

Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found at:

National Eye Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Neeraj Agarwal, PhD
Phone: 301-451-2020

Grants Management Contact:
Wiiliam Darby
Phone: 301-451-2020

NEI Specific Information:


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Xenia J. Tigno, PhD
Phone: (301) 435-0202 

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Kimberly Stanton
Phone: (301) 435-0166

NHLBI Specific Information:

The NHLBI supports training programs to prepare individuals to become productive researchers in the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; and in the uses of blood and blood resources. See for NHLBI’s mission statement.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the NHLBI Strategic Plan
  to familiarize themselves with the research areas of interest to the Institute.”

National Human Genome Research Institute  

Scientific Program Contact:
Genomic Sciences:
Tina Gatlin, Ph.D.
Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Research:
Joy Boyer

Grants Management Contact:
Deanna Ingersoll
Phone: 301-435-7858

NHGRI Specific Information:

NHGRI has aligned its training and career development programs to its latest strategic plan: "Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside," (  See the 2013 NHGRI Training Workshop Report for more details (
NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences approaches with an emphasis on the quantitative sciences, bioinformatics or technology development, or (b) applications that focus on high priority ELSI issues and provide multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological training, and (c) applicants whose mentor(s) are funded by NHGRI. NHGRI does not support disease-specific research. 

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Directors to discuss their concept for this initiative during the development stages of the application.

National Institute on Aging

Scientific Program Contact:
Chyren Hunter, PhD.
Phone: 301 496-9322

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Traci Lafferty
Phone: (301) 496-1472

NIA Specific Information:

Information on NIA’s mission in supporting genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging can be found at:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Scientific Program Contact:
Ivana Grakalic, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-7600

Grants Management Contact:
Judy Fox
Phone: (301) 443-4704

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of fellowships and career development programs to ensure the training of highly qualified new investigators in alcohol-related research. Training opportunities under this announcement include research in the social, behavioral, biomedical, biological, and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Please refer to the NIAAA website for a comprehensive description of NIAAA goals and priorities ( The NIAAA scientific program contact will be able to evaluate eligibility, recommend the most appropriate fellowship mechanism and refer you to the NIAAA program officer with relevant research expertise.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Microbiology and infectious disease (non-AIDS) research:
Christiane Robbins, M.P.H.; M.S.
Phone: 240-627-3357

AIDS-related research:
Martin Gutierrez, B.S.
Phone: 240-292-4844

Basic immunology, allergy, transplant, autoimmunity, and immune-based disease research:
Timothy A. Gondré-Lewis, Ph.D.
Phone: 240-627-3566

Grants Management Contact:
Laura Pone
Phone: 240-669-2951

NIAID Specific Information:
NIAID requires a clear scientific focus in graduate research training related to any of the NIAID mission areas: .

Support will be provided for a maximum of 3 years. By the time of activation of the award, applicants must have completed their main coursework, passed their qualifying exam, and be ready to engage in full-time research training. In addition, students must be within the first 6 years of graduate school to receive support.
Sponsors who have not yet successfully mentored a predoctoral student as an independent investigator are encouraged to include a co-sponsor with a track record for mentoring in the individual fellowship training plan. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NIAID Program Official before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Scientific Program Contact:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-5585

Grants Management Contact:
Jamie Thompson
Phone:(301) 594- 3614

NIAMS Specific Information:

Specific information on NIAMS F awards can be found at:

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Scientific Program Contact:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-4797

Grants Management Contact:
Florence Turska 
Phone: (301) 451-4782 

NIBIB Specific Information:

NIBIB will consider only applications that propose research training directly relevant to the mission of NIBIB. Support will be provided for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, applicants must have completed their main coursework, passed their qualifying exam, and be ready to engage in full-time research training by the start date of the award in order to receive support. Priority will be given to funding F31 applications with sponsors who are currently supported by NIBIB research grants.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIBIB Scientific Contact on the left before they begin to prepare their application.

Additional information on NIBIB’s training programs can be found at

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scientific Program Contact:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-451-3371

Grants Management Contact:
Susan Parker
Phone: 301-435-7006

NICHD Specific Information:

NICHD offers fellowships in areas relevant NICHD’s mission, including demography, social sciences, and population dynamics; male and female fertility and infertility; developing and evaluating contraceptive methods; improving the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; and childhood injury and critical illness; and rehabilitation medicine.

The research interests of NICHD are described in more detail at:

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NICHD’s Scientific/Research Contact before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research and training to the Institute’s research priorities.  

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Scientific Program Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-3245

Grants Management Contact:
Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 435-0713

NIDCD Specific Information:

The NIDCD conducts the peer review of applications for this dissertation-stage fellowship program within its Scientific Review Branch based on the expedited review schedule of four to five months from submission to award.

NIDCD supports research and research training in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language.  Since NIH Institutes have overlapping programmatic interests, prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Institute’s Scientific Program Contact in the early stages of formulating an application to ensure that the proposed research is within NIDCD’s scientific purview.  In addition, please consult NIDCD’s Fellowship Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) at

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Scientific Program Contact:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Phone: 301-496-4263

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Phone: (301) 594-4798

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR supports predoctoral training leading to a PhD for fellows conducting dental, oral, and craniofacial research in an area relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan (

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in dental, oral and craniofacial health research. The NIDCR will not accept fellowship applications that propose to conduct a clinical trial or clinical biomarker evaluation studies.

Individuals seeking mentored research training in these areas should instead propose an ancillary study within an on-going research program. Studies proposing to recruit individuals at multiple clinical sites are encouraged to contact NIDCR in advance to discuss the feasibility of multi-center studies. 


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Scientific/Research Contact:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-7719

Digestive Diseases, Obesity, and Nutrition:
Christine Densmore, M.S.
Phone: (301) 402-8714

Kidney and Urologic Disorders:
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-4748

Hematologic Disorders:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-7726

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Aricia M. Ajose, MPA
Phone: (301) 594-9023 Phone

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK supports the training of Ph.D., or equivalent, students in the areas of research supported by the Institute: diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases; gastroenterology, hepatology, obesity, nutrition; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic disorders. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate NIDDK program director before beginning the process of applying for this fellowship.


National Institute on Drug Abuse

Scientific Program Contact:
Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 402-1918

Grants Management Contact:
Nadia Felix
Phone: (301) 435-1378

NIDA Specific Information:

NIDA supports the training of predoctoral fellows conducting drug abuse and addiction research. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to contact a NIDA Program Official in their area of interest, prior to preparing an application. For a list of NIDA training contacts, please see For additional guidance on applying for this predoctoral fellowship, visit

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Scientific Program Contact:
Dr. Michael C. Humble
Phone: (919) 316-4621

Grants Management Contact:
James R. Williams
Phone: (919) 541-1403

NIEHS Specific Information:

Training opportunities supported under this announcement by the NIEHS are expected to focus on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding how environmental factors, individual susceptibility and age interrelate in the disease process.

Fellowship applications should examine/address how an environmentally relevant toxicant or exposure is, or might be, involved in a human health endpoint such as a specific human disease, dysfunction, pathophysiologic condition, or relevant disease process. Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, and fungal/bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when agents are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect.

Fellowship applications may include research in the Environmental Public Health field in which communities which are exposed to environmental exposures or have concerns about environmentally related diseases are actively engaged in all stages of research, dissemination and evaluation. Examples of proposals in the Environmental Public Health field include investigating the health effects / impacts of environmental exposures that disproportionately burden low income or minority communities, investigating emerging environmental threats to communities, investigating exposure-related diseases that are of great concern to a community, and research and evaluation methodology to improve the theories and implementation strategies for working with communities to address their environmental health concerns. Fellows would learn how to conduct research using community based participatory methods, create outreach and education programs and translate research finding to a vast array of stakeholders.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Scientific Program Contact:
Cell Biology and Biophysics:
Mike Sakalian, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-0828 

Genetics, and Developmental Biology:
Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-0943 

Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry:
Oleg Barski, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-496-1511 

Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology:
Veerasamy Ravichandran, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-451-9822 

Grants Management Contact:
[Lori Burge, B.S.]
Phone: 301-451-3781

NIGMS Specific Information:

NIGMS supports advanced predoctoral research training in basic biomedical sciences that are relevant to the NIGMS mission ( Applicants must have identified a research sponsor, and dissertation project that includes a promising approach to the problem, with strong training potential.

NIGMS will give priority to funding F31 applications with sponsors who are currently supported by NIGMS research grants.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff ( before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute's research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and training plans.

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Program Contact:
Nancy L Desmond, PhD
Phone: (301) 443-3107

Grants Management Contact:
Theresa Jarosik
Phone: (301) 443-3858

NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience, human genetics, adult and developmental translational research, services and intervention research, and AIDS-related research ( that advances our mission and strategic research priorities. See for guidance about NIMH-specific practices for individual fellowship applications and awards.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and training plans.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Scientific Program Contact:

Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences:
Derrick C. Tabor, Ph.D.

Clinical and Health Services Research:
Jennifer Alvidrez, Ph.D.

Community Health and Population Sciences:
Dorothy Castille, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Priscilla Grant, JD
Phone: 301-594-8412

NIMHD Specific Information:

The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities Applications are accepted for all areas of research, including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences, as related to minority health or health disparities.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Institute’s Scientific Program Contact in the early stages of formulating an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Scientific Program Contact:
Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-4188

Grants Management Contact Contact:
Tijuanna E. DeCoster, MPA
Phone: 301-496-9231

NINDS Specific Information:

NINDS utilizes the F31 grant mechanism to support outstanding predoctoral students who are engaged in research and training that will result in rigorous, broadly based neuroscience expertise. Thus, in addition to the relevance of the research to the NINDS mission, NINDS gives priority to students who will also obtain strong neuroscience training. Applications may, in some cases, also be supported from students training in other disciplines for the purpose of conducting research directly focused on the NINDS mission. Potential applicants may wish to contact an NINDS Program Director before they begin to prepare their application to ensure that their training plans, as well as their research project, fit within NINDS priorities. F31 support will be provided for a maximum of 3 years. In addition, students must be within the first 6 years of graduate school to receive support. Exceptions to these policies may be made in rare and unusual circumstances, and will require a written waiver from the Director of Training and Career Development. Any waiver will require a detailed written justification and should be requested at least six months prior to the termination date of the fellowship award. Applicants should consult the NINDS training website for NINDS specific information and instructions:

National Institute of Nursing Research

Scientific Program Contact:
David Banks, PhD, MPH, RN
Phone: (301) 496.9558

Grants Management Contact:
Randi Freundlich
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-594-5974

NINR Specific Information:

NINR uses the F31 fellowship to provide support for individuals, who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing, to pursue graduate research training that leads to a research doctoral degree.  Only nurse applicants are accepted for this program. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications during the first three years of training to ensure that the award will support at least one year of research training.

Applications must have a clear focus in science areas related to the NINR mission statement and strategic plan.

Nurses interested in applying for this opportunity are strongly encouraged to contact the NINR Program Director for Extramural Training. The applicant may contact the NINR Program Director by email sending a copy of their NIH Biosketch with any questions and a synopsis of interests and research/training aims.

National Library of Medicine

Scientific Program Contact:
Clinical and Public Health Informatics:
Hua-Chuan Sim, MD
Phone: 301-594-4882

Translational and Bioinformatics:
Jane Ye, PhD
Phone: 301-594-4882

Consumer Health Informatics:
Alan VanBiervliet, PhD
Phone: 301-594-4882

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Dwight Mowery
Phone:  301-496-4221

NLM Specific Information:

NLM supports research career development in data science, clinical/public health informatics, bioinformatics, translational informatics and consumer health informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer, information, biomedical and behavioral sciences with one or more application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and others.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Scientific Program Contact:
Lanay Mudd, PhD
Phone: 301-594-9346

Grants Management Contact:
Shelley Carow
Phone: (301) 594-3788
Email: CarowS@MAIL.NIH.GOV

NCCIH Specific Information:

NCCIH uses this program to support pre-doctoral individuals in supervised career development experiences.
Per NOT-AT-13-002 NCCIH will not accept applications to this program proposing to conduct new, free-standing clinical trials or studies. Applicants to the fellowship programs interested in clinical research are encouraged to participate in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor’s ongoing clinical trials and studies in order to gain the training and experience necessary to become independent clinical investigators.

Before the application receipt date, applicants and mentor(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCIH Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCIH's mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of NCCIH program officials can be found at

Applications that will include the use of natural products or devices in an ongoing interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCIH's Natural Product Integrity Policy.

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs

Scientific Program Contact:
Bruce Fuchs, PhD
Phone: 301-402-5225

Grants Management Contact:
Kristin Wegner
Phone:  301-435-0848

ORIP Specific Information: 

Before the application receipt date, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with ORIP’s scientific program contact. 

ORIP supports training applications exclusively from highly qualified veterinary students or holders of degrees in veterinary medicine in biomedical areas related to comparative /translational medicine.