Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements for Providing Research Experiences for Data Scientists

Notice Number: NOT-HG-20-029

Key Dates
Release Date: March 23, 2020
First Available Due Date: May 01, 2020
Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

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National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)



The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announces the availability of funds for Administrative Supplements. Through this notice, NHGRI seeks to attract early-career researchers with predoctoral data science training into the genomics workforce.This supplement is intended to support NHGRI-funded projects at domestic institutions to enhance genomics research experiences of master’s level data scientists. Examples include both individuals who have completed MS degrees in data science and those with MS degrees in areas connected to data science (e.g., mathematics/statistics/computer science/computational biology).


Data scientists are increasingly working as coremembers of genomic research teams. There is a desire among some people trained in data science to supplement the research education they received in their master’s programs so that they might become more effective members of a genomics research team, gaining additional subject matter expertise and skills in genomics aspects of data science and bioinformatics.

Research Objectives

The research education of the participants supported by the supplements will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on genomic data science-related research needs of the Nation.

Please address the following:

  • The research experience and prior training of the proposed data scientist and their specific area of emphasis.
  • The research education activities to be provided to the participant and their potential impact on the career of the participant.
  • The institutional environment for genomic data science activities (e.g., how will the participant be interacting with other genomic data scientists at the host institution?).
  • The research education activities must include at least the three areas mentioned below:
  1. Formulating a data science analysis strategy for the specific project that the participant is being recruited to.
  1. Education on alternative large-scale genomic data analysis techniques.
  2. Education in responsible conduct of research, including principles applicable to data science research (see NIH NOT-OD-10-019)

    Participants funded under this award will be expected to attend and present their research at the NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting.

    Award Project Period
    To be eligible, the parent award must be active in June 30, 2021 and not be in an extension period. This supplement is a one year award.
    Application budgets are limited to $125,000 total costs per year and must reflect the actual needs of the research experience.Institutions can request a maximum of one year of support. NHGRI anticipates making two awards contingent upon funds available and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

    Support in the form of salary and wages is allowed. Program-supported participants may not concurrently hold another federally sponsored stipend, fellowship, or other federal award that duplicates support.

    Support for participants can include fringe benefits, and tuition remission and fees (if applicable and necessary for providing fundamental knowledge in genomics and a research experience).

    Participants will be required to devote a minimum of 6 person-months (50% of full-time professional effort).

    Institutions must request travel funds for the participants to attend the NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting.

    These expenses must not duplicate items generally available at the applicant institution.

    Individual(s) must hold an active grant or cooperative agreement.
    Individual(s) must have experience in providing research experiences to and research education for data scientists.
    An applicant institution, normally identified by having a unique Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number or National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Profile File (IPF)Number, may only submit one application.

Description of circumstances for which administrative supplements are available.

Application and Submission Information

Applications must be submitted to PA-18-591 "Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)" by May 1, 2020. Electronic submission is required for this funding opportunity.

The process for Streamlined Submissions using the eRA Commons cannot be used for this initiative.

All page limitations applicable to the parent award as described in the Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed, with the following exceptions:

The Program Plan is limited to 6 pages.

Follow the application instructions in PA-18-591 "Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional), with the following exceptions:

R&R Cover form: In addition to the instructions to select "Revision" in the "Type of Application" field, the following instructions must also be followed for the Agency Routing Identified field:

Agency Routing Identifier:

For funding consideration, applicants must include NOT-HG-20-023 (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.

Selection Process

NHGRI will conduct administrative reviews of applications submitted to their IC and will support the most meritorious applications submitted for consideration, based upon the availability of funds.


  1. Is the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research
  2. What is the likelihood that the supplement will exert a sustained, powerful influence in the career of the participants.

Eligible investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research contact listed below prior to submitting an application.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Luis Cubano, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute
Telephone: (301) 480-3435