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

Notice Number: NOT-HG-19-025

Key Dates
Release Date: October 21, 2019
First Available Due Date: October 21, 2019
Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

Related Announcements
PA-18-591 Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Admin Supp)

Issued by
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


This Notice encourages eligible National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) awardees of grants and cooperative agreements to apply for administrative supplements to provide short-term research career enhancement in genomics for experienced investigators. This administrative supplement will provide additional funds to current awardees to enable an investigator to join the awardee’s research team to obtain experience directly related to the scope of the awardee’s project. For the purposes of this Notice, the term “genomics” encompasses issues and activities in these three areas of interest to NHGRI genome sciences, genomic medicine and genomics and society.

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 hands-on supervised research experiences in genomics for: 1) individuals with limited or no prior experience and training in these fields, or 2) individuals in genomics 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. It will allow a scientist trained in a field outside of genomics (e.g., clinical medicine, mathematics, physics, engineering, computational science) 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 that is significantly new to them, such as genomic data science, technology development, genomic medicine, or genomics and society.

The research experience must take place at the award site, and during the award project period, and not during any extension period. There is no citizenship requirement for applicants.

The Research Strategy section should include information about the goals of the experience, how the experience differs from their previous training, and how they plan to use this experience going forward in their research.

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: Other program-related expenses (supplies, equipment, computer services, technical personnel, conference travel) may be requested for up to $40,000 direct costs per 12 months and prorated for shorter periods of time. Living expenses and travel funds to/from the research site may not 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 will undergo administrative evaluation by NHGRI staff.

Application and Submission Information

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

  • PA-18-591 - 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-18-591 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Application Due Date(s) Continuous from October 21, 2019 through May 15, 2020 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include NOT-HG-19-025 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 may be for up to one year of support only. Individuals must commit a minimum of 50% effort to the experience.
  • The Research Strategy section of the application is limited to three pages.
  • Only existing awardees of NHGRI are eligible to apply.
  • The process for Streamlined Submissions using the eRA Commons cannot be used for this initiative.
  • 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.


Please direct all inquiries to:

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