Notice of Availability of Administrative Supplements for Short-term Research Career Enhancement in Genomics for Experienced Investigators

Notice Number: NOT-HG-19-019

Key Dates
Release Date: March 28, 2019

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National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


This Notice encourages eligible National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) awardees to apply for administrative supplements to provide short-term research career enhancement in genomics for experienced investigators.

The field of genomics has expanded greatly over the past two decades and it now permeates much of basic science and clinical research. This expansion has occurred in part via advances in techniques and methods, and also by the recognition that the tools used in genomics research can be applied to other fields.

Clinical and basic researchers trained more than a decade ago may have had limited opportunity to acquire experience in a wide range of modern genomics-related topics and hence could benefit from such exposure later in their careers. Similarly, experienced genetics and genomic researchers who trained before genomics was as integral as it is now may benefit from broadening their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities in modern genomics-related topics.

This program will provide a 6- to 12-month exposure, including didactics and hands-on supervised research experience in genome science or genomic medicine for 1) individuals with limited or no prior experience and training in these fields, or 2) individuals in genome sciences or genomic medicine to gain experience in an aspect of the field that differs substantially from their current work.

This opportunity is targeted at experienced academic scientists in mid- to late-career. Operationally, this is defined as at least 10 years beyond their doctoral degree, although it may be longer for those with clinical doctoral degrees. It will allow a scientist trained in a field outside of genomics, such as clinical medicine or mathematics, to gain supervised experience in a genomics-related field, or an experienced scientist to obtain new knowledge and skills in a supervised setting in an area of genomics new to them, such as genomic data science, technology development, genomic medicine, or genomics and society.

The proposed activities must be within scope of the parent award and may be for up to one year. The awards can support an individual from the same or another Institution to obtain experience at an Institution directly supported by the NHGRI grant. Individuals must commit a minimum of 50% effort to the experience. There is no citizenship requirement for applicants.

Requests should include information about the goals of the experience, how the goals are within scope of the parent award, how the experience differs from their previous training, and how they plan to use this experience going forward in their research. Requests are limited to 3 pages, and must be submitted electronically in response to PA-18-591.

Budgetary considerations: Applicants may request salary support commensurate with the institution’s salary structure. The total salary may not exceed the legislatively mandated salary cap. See: Research support up to $40,000 direct costs and conference travel may also be requested.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Program Official of the parent grant or the contact listed below before submitting an application to confirm eligibility and to obtain technical assistance. Supplement requests under this Notice (and submitted to PA-18-591)will undergo administrative evaluation by NHGRI staff.

Application Due Date Window

Administrative supplements will be considered for fiscal year 2019. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2019 in order to ensure processing of awards before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2019).


Please direct all inquiries to:

Tina Gatlin, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute
Phone: 301-480-2280