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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) (PA-21-048)

Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts 

Release Date: November 8, 2020
Expiration Date: September 8, 2023

NIH Institute or Center

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute
Scientific Program Contact:
Sonia B. Jakowlew, Ph.D.

Mariam Eljanne, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Nicole Jones

NCI Specific Information:

NCI requires a clear cancer focus in the research training and gives funding priority to applications whose sponsor and/or co-sponsor have active cancer-related R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed research grants. For the NCI F32 Award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations with a duration of at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. 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, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-2020

Grants Management Contact:
Karen Robinson-Smith
Phone: (301) 451-2020

NEI Specific Information:


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Wayne C. Wang, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 435-0535

Karen Neilson Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-1975

Seung Kyoon Woo, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 435-0535

Grants Management Contact:
Chantal Falade
Phone: (301) 827-5870

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 Contacts:
Genomic Sciences:
Lucia A. Hindorff, PhD, MPH
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Telephone: 240-271-1509

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

NHGRI Specific Information:

NHGRI will consider only applications that propose research training directly relevant to the mission of NHGRI. NHGRI supports the development of resources, approaches, and technologies that accelerate and support studies focused on the structure and biology of genomes; the genomics of disease; the implementation and effectiveness of genomic medicine; and genomic data science and bioinformatics. NHGRI also supports ethical, legal, regulatory, policy, economic, cultural, and societal issues raised by the advancement and use of genomics. More details about the institute’s vision and priority areas can be found in the 2020 NHGRI Strategic Vision.
NHGRI does not support disease-specific research. 

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific Program Contact before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute's research priorities.

National Institute on Aging

Scientific Program Contact:
NIA Training Office
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Grants Management Contact:
Jessi Perez 
Phone: (301) 496-1472

NIA Specific Information:

NIA’s focus is on aging and the contribution of aging to disease etiology, prevention and treatment. NIA has a particular focus on research into Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias.

Further 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:
Qi Ying Liu, M.D.
phone: (301) 443-2678

Grants Management Contact:
Lauren E. Early
Phone: (301) 443-2434

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:
NIAID AI Training Help Desk

Grants Management Contact:
Trevor Alford
Phone: (240) 747-7398

NIAID Specific Information:

NIAID requires a clear scientific focus in postdoctoral research training related to any of the NIAID mission areas:​
Sponsors who have not yet successfully mentored a postdoctoral fellow 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.
For additional Information please reference link here:

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:
Tina Gatlin, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-480-1608

Grants Management Contact:
Kathryn (Katie) Ellis
Phone: 302-451-4791

NIBIB Specific Information:

NIBIB will only consider applications that propose research training directly relevant to the mission of NIBIB. The proposed research plan must fall directly within one or more of NIBIB Scientific Program Areas. Support will be provided for 2 years.

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:
Bryan S. Clark, MBA 
Phone: (301) 435-6975

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 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:

NIDCR uses the F32 fellowship to support postdoctoral research training in a research area relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in dental, oral and craniofacial health research.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDCR Scientific Program contact before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute's research priorities.

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:
Christine Maric-Bilkan, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 435-0486

Hematologic Disorders:
Cindy N. Roy, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-8805

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Eunica Haynes
Phone: (301) 827-4018

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK supports the training of postdoctoral MD, Ph.D., or equivalent, fellows 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 a fellowship. Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows with more than three years of research postdoctoral experience may wish to consider applying for the NIDDK K01 Award (PAR-18-418 or PAR-18-419)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Scientific Program Contact:
Lindsey Friend
Phone: (301) 594-4673

Grants Management Contact:
Nadia Felix
Phone: (301) 827-5701

NIDA Specific Information:

NIDA supports the training of postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral fellowship, visit

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Scientific Program Contact:
Michael C. Humble, Ph.D.
Phone: (984) 287-3272

Grants Management Contact:
Clark Phillips
Phone: (984) 287-3364

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:
Michael A Sesma, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Grace Olascoaga
Phone: (301) 594-5135

NIGMS Specific Information:

Specific information on NIGMS F32 awards including FAQs can be found at:
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will provide support for up to a maximum of three years, less any time that the fellow has already spent in the sponsor's laboratory at the time of award.  For example, if an applicant has been in the sponsor's laboratory for one year at the time of award, NIGMS may provide NRSA support for an additional two years.  In addition, applicants who will have already been in the sponsors laboratory for two or more years at the time of award should note that NIGMS will consider this factor in deciding whether to make an award.  Applicants requesting or receiving only one year of support should recognize the responsibilities associated with NRSA payback obligations.

National Institute of Mental Health

Scientific Program Contact: 
Email: NIMH Training Contacts

Grants Management Contact:
Tamara Kees
Phone: (301) 443-8811

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:

For initial inquiries contact:

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 Nursing Research

Scientific Program Contact:
David Banks, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.W., RN
Phone: (301) 496-9558

Grants Management Contact:
Randi Freundlich
Telephone: (301) 594-5974

NINR Specific Information:

NINR uses the F32 fellowship to provide support for individuals who have a Bachelor's degree or higher in nursing to pursue postdoctoral research training that extends their potential for research. Applications must have a clear focus in science areas related to the NINR mission, which is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities.  Applicants should also consider NINR areas of special interest identified in NOT-NR-21-001.

Those 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 emailing a copy of their draft NIH Biosketch with any questions and a draft synopsis of interests and research/training aims.

Applicants proposing to receive training in clinical trial research should be sure to carefully read instructions found at:

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 postdoctoral individuals in supervised career development experiences that lead to research independence.
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.

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