Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Activities to Enhance Mentoring in the Research Training Environment
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

February 25, 2021

First Available Due Date:
April 15, 2021
Expiration Date:
April 16, 2021

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 General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces the availability of funds for Administrative Supplements to institutions with NIGMS training (T32, T34), institutional career development (K12), or certain research education program (R25, see below)awards. The supplement awards will provide funds to enhance mentor training in the research training environment through the development of evidence-informed educational modules or other activities. The primary audience for these training materials should be research mentors who participate in the NIGMS-supported training program, although use of the materials to also build skills among trainees in the program would be considered an additional benefit. Applicants are encouraged to consult the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's the science of effective mentoring resources. Plans for sustainability beyond the funding period should be included in the supplement application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential requests with their NIGMS Program Officer before submitting the supplement request.

Supplement awardees are expected to present an overview of the funded activities, the outcomes, and the progress in incorporating the activities into the ongoing program(s) at the meeting organized for Program Directors/Principal Investigators of NIGMS Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity programs.


Applicants must have an NIGMS-funded training (T32, T34), institutional career development (K12), or certain research education program (R25, see below) award.  Only R25 awards in the following programs (and associated funding opportunity announcements) are eligible for these supplements:

The parent award must be active when the supplemental application is submitted (e.g., within the originally reviewed and approved project period) and have a project end date of May 31, 2022 or later. Awards in No-Cost Extension (NCE) are not eligible.

An applicant institution (normally identified by having a unique entity identifier such as DUNS number or NIH Institutional Profile File - IPF) may submit only one application in this topic area. For institutions with two or more NIGMS grants, it is expected that the Program Directors/Principal Investigators will cooperate to develop curricula and/or activities that are broadly applicable to individuals at their institution and that a single supplement request will be submitted through one of the eligible NIGMS awards.

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following funding opportunity announcement 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) – April 15, 2021 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include the term “NOT-GM-21-023” (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.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted for this funding opportunity. Use one of the methods described in PA-20-272. Paper submissions and applications submitted as email attachments will be rejected without review.
  • Budget
    • Application budgets are limited to $80,000 direct costs (plus applicable F&A costs) and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
    • Funds from this supplement may be used for salary support of individuals designing, directing, and implementing the proposed activity. Funds may also be used for administrative staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, faculty/staff travel, and other expenses directly related to the proposed activity.
    • Funds from this supplement must be expended within one year of the supplement award issue date.
    • Applicants should note that the funds from this supplement cannot be used to support trainee stipends or tuition (T32 or T34), participant costs (R25), or scholar costs (K12).
  • Research Training Program Plan (limited to 3 pages): In the Program Plan attachment, include the summary or abstract of the funded parent award(s), and describe the following:
    • The need for the proposed funding. Describe how the proposed activities to enhance mentor training in the research training environment will synergize with, but not duplicate, ongoing efforts in this area.
    • A description of the activities to enhance mentor training in the research training environment and the potential impact on the institution.
    • How the effectiveness of the proposed activities will be assessed.
    • How the effective activities developed with this funding will be incorporated into the existing biomedical training program(s).
    • Plans for disseminating the activities and outcomes.
    • Plans for and institutional commitment to sustainability of the proposed activities

Application Review Information

NIGMS staff will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Is there a clearly identified need for the proposed activities?
  • Will the proposed activities have a broader impact on the training environment?
  • Is the plan feasible and likely to accomplish the goal of the supplement?
  • Is there an effective plan to incorporate and sustain the proposed activities into the ongoing training programs?
  • Are the plans to assess the outcomes likely to provide evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed activities?
  • Are the plans to disseminate the activities and outcomes feasible and likely to reach a broader audience?
  • Are the costs allowable and fully justified?


Please direct all inquiries to:

Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

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