Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIDDK National Research Service Award (NRSA) T32 Diversity Administrative Supplement
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

December 15, 2021

First Available Due Date:
January 17, 2022
Expiration Date:
May 16, 2024

Related Announcements

PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

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


In effort to enhance diversity in NIDDK fields of research, NIDDK is making available this opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from nationally underrepresented groups to receive research training under the existing NIDDK-funded T32 or TL1 award.

This program offers additional trainee research slots to eligible candidates on a T32 or TL1 when all regularly-awarded positions have been filled. The NIDDK administratively funds supplemental slots designated specifically for a selected trainee - either predoctoral or postdoctoral - to an existing T32 or TL1 award. That position remains a part of the T32 or TL1 for as long as the named individual is a member of the training program. When the individual no longer receives support from the T32, the funds for the position are removed from the grant.

To ensure an appropriate training experience, only predoctoral slots are considered for programs that exclusively support predoctoral training; the same applies to postdoctoral slots. Programs supporting both predoctoral and postdoctoral training may apply for either.


Individuals supported under this program must meet the administrative requirements for any trainee supported by a T32 or TL1 award (e.g., citizenship/permanent residency requirements, payback obligation) and must meet all the requirements for prior training, experience, and commitment to research expected of any other trainee in the particular T32 or TL1 program wishing to support them.

Usually only one additional trainee slot (either predoctoral or postdoctoral) will be awarded to any T32/TL1. If a trainee has been appointed to a regular slot on a T32 or TL1 grant, a supplemental slot will not be considered for additional years for that trainee.

Predoctoral and postdoctoral students qualifying for this program include, but are not limited to, individuals from underrpresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information, see NOT-OD-20-031 " Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity".


Application and Submission Information

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.

  • PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Application Due Date(s) – Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning January 17, 2022 to May 16, 2022; January 16, 2023 to May 15, 2023; and January 15, 2024 to May 15, 2024 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Applications will be reviewed within 6 weeks of receipt and awards will be made with the T32 program start date of that award year.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-DK-21-016” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.
  • Requests for postdoctoral training appointments on T32 and TL1 awards should reflect a 2-3-year commitment on the part of the trainee. Predoctoral slots may provide up to 5 years of support.
  • No slot will be awarded for a period that exceeds the current approved funding period for the T32 or TL1 grant - e.g., if only 2 years remain until the T32/TL1 is due for its competitive renewal, then any supplement may be awarded only for 2 years. In these situations, requests to extend the trainee slot once the parent T32/TL1 has successfully recompeted for funding are encouraged.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the program contact at the Institute supporting the parent award that a request has been submitted in response to this FOA in order to facilitate efficient processing of the request.

Required Documents

Cover Page

The following must be included in the cover letter:

  • The grant number of the T32 or TL1 sponsoring the application
  • The student's name as Principal Investigator
  • The proposed start date

Research Strategy (limited to 6 pages)

The items below are meant to document the suitability of the candidate for a training position. Applications should be personalized for the individual being nominated. General descriptions of the selection process and research plan taken verbatim from the T32 or TL1 application are not acceptable.

Applicants must include:

  • A statement of the process by which the candidate was identified and selected;
  • A statement of the training plan for the candidate, prepared by the Program Director;
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s participation would further the goals of the program, consistent with the NOT-OD-20-031 "Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity"
  • A statement describing the research plan of the candidate, prepared jointly by the research mentor and the candidate; and
  • A brief statement from the candidate on his/her career goals and future plans

Other Project Information Form

Applicants must attach the following PDF document in the "Other Attachments":

  • Biosketch of the candidate

Training Budget Form

T32 Budget Information must be submitted and include the following costs:

  • Stipend: current published predoctoral stipend amount
  • Tuition: NIDDK adjusts based on actual costs per the NIH policy:
    • Degree program -60% of level requested by applicant institution, up to $16,000 per year; Non-degree -  60% of the actual tuition level at the applicant institution, up to $4,500 per year;
  • Trainee travel, including attendance at essential scientific meetings - NIDDK allows $1,000 per year;
  • Training-related expenses (administrative support, health insurance, and research supplies) at the current published predoctoral amount; and
  • Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs


Please direct all inquiries to:

Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
Division of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Christine Densmore, M.S.
Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-402-8714

Victoria Spruance, Ph.D.
Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-827-5091