Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Senior Fellowship (Parent F33) (PA-16-310)


Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions

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:
Sonia B. Jakowlew, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Nicole Jones
Phone: 240-276-7156
Email:  jonesni@mail.nih.govv

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 F33, 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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Scientific Program Contact:
Charlotte Pratt, PhD, MS, RD, FAHA
Phone: (301) 435-0382

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

NHLBI Specific Information:

The NHLBI supports senior fellows who can continue as experienced scientist 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 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.

Genomic Medicine:
Heather Junkins, M.S.
Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Research:
Joy Boyer

Grants Management Contact:
Susan Toy
Phone: 301-443-4935

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 and genomic medicine 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/Research 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/Research Contact:
Dr. Dale Hereld
Phone: (301) 443-0912

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 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 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 welcomes senior fellowship applications from experienced scientists seeking to conduct research in social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological science fields 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. Studies proposing to recruit individuals at multiple clinical sites are encouraged to contact NIDCR in advance to discuss the feasibility of multi-center studies. Individuals seeking mentored research training in these areas should instead propose an ancillary study within an on-going research program. For NIDCR policy regarding support of clinical trials and biomarker evaluation studies, see NOT-DE-15-008 New NIDCR Policy: Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials Include Biomarker Clinical Evaluation Studies.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDCR Program Official identified in the contact table before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

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:
Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-0828

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

NIGMS Specific Information:

Specific information on NIGMS F33 awards including FAQs can be found at: NIGMS Senior fellowships do not support typical sabbatical research which is closely related to the investigator’s area of expertise. Rather, NIGMS support for F33 fellows is intended to allow investigators to make major changes in the direction of their research careers by providing them with opportunities to spend a short period of time (typically 12 months) training with an appropriate sponsor. The sponsor’s field and area of expertise must be significantly different from that of the applicant and should be optimal for the proposed training. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed training will redirect, revitalize, or restart their research careers once they return to their home institution. Applicants must have a permanent position to which they expect to return following completion of the F33 fellowship.

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
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-594-5974

NINR Specific Information:

NINR uses the F33 fellowship to provide support for individuals, who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing, to provide senior fellowship research training to nurse scientists who would like to extend their potential for continuing to contribute to nursing research in scientific areas related to NINR’s mission.  Applications must have a clear focus in science areas related to the NINR mission statement and strategic plan. Only nurse applicants who have a research doctoral degree are accepted for this postdoctoral research training program.

Nurses with research doctoral degrees 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.