Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Institutional Network Award for Promoting Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Research Training (U2C/TL1 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Notice Number: NOT-DK-20-024

Key Dates
Release Date: April 15, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: May 15, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date: September 28, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 01, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:July 01, 2021

Related Announcements
NOT-DK-20-023: Notice of Change in Interest Areas Relevant to the NIDDK Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Disorders for PA-20-142, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)

Issued by
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invite applications for Institutional Network Awards for Research Training (U2C/TL1). The purpose of these awards is to cultivate a highly integrated cohort of trainees and early career investigators and to develop career development resources in order to accelerate kidney, urologic, and hematologic research. To maximize integration and promote a true trainee community, institutions are invited to submit a single, unified U2C/TL1 application to engage, recruit, prepare, and sustain the next generation of kidney, urology, and hematology researchers. Applications covering a single metropolitan area are strongly encouraged.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2020 with an expected application due date in Fall 2020.

This FOA will utilize the U2C/TL1 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Ressearch Initiative Details

The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases (KUH) of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) aims to reshape and refocus its Institutional Training Award (T32) program. Compared to the traditional NIDDK/KUH NRSA T32 programs, the program supported by this Funding Opportunity Announcement will have fewer, larger Institutional Network Awards (U2C/TL1). The U2C cooperative component will coordinate and provide administrative support for the Institutional Network Award activities, while the TL1 training component will allow the institution to recruit and fund at least 5 highly competitive pre- and/or post-doctoral trainees across K-, U- and H-mission focused research. Together, each U2C/TL1 Award is expected to:

  • Increase Networking and Outreach (U2C Networking Core). Coordinate a vibrant and dynamic cohort of K, U and H trainees, including those supported directly by the TL1 component of this award and those institutional trainees currentlysupported by other NIH training and related mechanisms, such as Fellowships (Fs), Career Development Awards (Ks), Short-term Training Grants (T35s), and Education Program Grants (R25s). Support a robust mentoring environment, including active peer-to-peer and alumni networks.
  • Enhance Career Preparation (U2C Professional Development Core). Promote interdisciplinary team science by exposing trainees to diverse and innovative technologies and critical research resources. Develop tailored and structured educational experiences, including specific training in professional development, leadership, entrepreneurship, and mentorship.
  • Recruit and train Interdisciplinary Researchers (TL1 Training Core). Fund highly talented trainees from demographically and scientifically diverse backgrounds via the TL1 component of this award.
Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding:The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Expected Number of Awards: TBD
Estimated Award Ceiling: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project .
Primary CFDA Numbers: 93.847

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Regional Organization
Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Victoria Spruance, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Tracy Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-594-4748