Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement to Support NINDS-Specific Institutional Research Training Programs (T32)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-18-085

Key Dates

Release Date: September 14, 2018
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: December 01, 2018
First Estimated Application Due Date: May 25, 2019
Earliest Estimated Award Date: January 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 01, 2020

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS )


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intends to publish an NINDS-specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for institutional research training programs to support advanced predoctoral students (years 3-4 of graduate school), postdoctoral fellows and fellowship-stage clinicians. Under this FOA, NINDS will support institutional training programs that encompass basic, clinical, translational or a combination of approaches in any area of research across the NINDS mission.

These programs should be designed to enhance the breadth and depth of training by incorporating didactic, research and career development components in the context of a defined scientific theme.

Upon publication of this NINDS-specific T32 FOA, NINDS will no longer accept applications (New, Renewal, Resubmission or Revision) for institutional training grants (T32) submitted under the NIH parent T32 FOA (PA-18-403 and subsequent reissuances). All T32 training grant applications from institutions that were previously or are currently supported by NINDS-funded T32 training grants under the NIH parent T32 FOA (PA-18-403 and previous issuances) must be submitted under the new NINDS-specific T32 FOA. Applications from previously or currently supported programs may be submitted as new (Type 1) or renewal (Type 2) applications.

NINDS will not support first and second year graduate students on programs supported via this FOA. NINDS will continue to support institutional training programs for first and second year graduate students under the Jointly-Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (PAR-17-096 and subsequent reissuances).

For programs that 1) intend to focus on translationally motivated research, 2) revolve around a team science approach among basic researchers and clinicians, and 3) incorporate formalized education on the steps required for moving basic discoveries to clinical applicability, may apply to this FOA, or a different NINDS T32 FOA, which was written specifically for this narrow focus and which will be available for a limited time (See NOT-NS-18-077).

Both FOAs are expected to be published in the Fall of 2018. Applications to both FOAs will be accepted once per year, with an expected first application due date of May 25, 2019.

This FOA will utilize the T32 activity code.

Research Initiative Details

Programs supported under this FOA will be expected to include the following:

  1. defined scientific goals and activities designed to achieve those goals, within a thematic area
  2. an emphasis, supported by formal activities, on sound experimental design, proper use of statistical methodology and theoretical understanding by each trainee of the quantitative capabilities of his or her experimental system
  3. structured group meetings of the program’s trainees and program faculty to discuss and evaluate the experimental and statistical approaches used in their own work and in literature relevant to the thematic area of the program
  4. activities for trainees to develop oral and written skills for communicating their science to a wide variety of audiences
  5. access to an appropriate diversity of role models, both within the institution and through activities such as invited seminars
  6. access to career advising and opportunities to learn about career options that utilize their expertise.


Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Estimated Award Ceiling TBD
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.853

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Applications are not being solicited at this time.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Letitia Weigand, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)