Corrections to the Instructions in SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH and AHRQ

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-131

Key Dates
Release Date: July 31, 2009

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

This communication notifies applicants of corrections to the instructions in SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH and AHRQ.  Specifically, errors in the instructions for items B.19 and B.20 of the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form on page I-86 have been corrected as shown below:

19.  Respective Contributions

Attach a description, limited to no more than one page, of the collaborative process between you and your sponsor/co-sponsor in the development, review, and editing of this research training plan. Discuss the respective roles in accomplishing the proposed research.

20.  Selection of Sponsor and Institution

Attach a description, limited to no more than one page, describing the rationale/justification for the selection of the sponsor and institution.
1.  Explain why the sponsor, co-sponsor (if any), and institution were selected to accomplish the research training goals.
2.  Doctorate or Current Institution. Since training is expected to broaden a fellow's perspective, postdoctoral applicants requesting training at either their doctorate institution or at the institution where they have been training for more than a year must explain why further training at that institution would be valuable. Individuals applying for Senior Fellowships who are requesting training at the institution at which they are employed should provide a similar explanation. Ordinarily, the new training value of an environment diminishes as your association there lengthens. If you are staying at the same institution, explain briefly.
3.  Foreign Institution. If you are proposing a research training experience at a foreign institution, show that the foreign institution and sponsor offer special opportunities for training that are not currently available in the United States. Key factors in the selection of a foreign institution should be described. If applicable, the need for and level of proficiency in reading, speaking, and comprehending the foreign language should be addressed.


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National Institutes of Health

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