Amendment to the Instructions for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant Applications and Other Research Training and Research Education Grant Applications Using Form PHS 398 Fillable Data Tables

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-135

Key Dates
Release Date: August 21, 2009

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

This notice amends the instructions for reporting pre-enrollment data on individuals with disabilities  and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant applications (PA-08-226) and other research training and research education grant applications requiring the use of PHS 398 fillable data tables. 

Applicant institutions are instructed in Form PHS 398 to include training program Information using the fillable Data Tables 1-12. This notice refers specifically to certain data in Tables 7a and 7b, “Admissions and Completion Records for the Participating Departments and Programs During the Past Five Years”.  These Tables ask applicant institutions to provide, among other information, data on individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds before enrollment (i.e., numbers applied and numbers accepted).  NIH recognizes, however, that not all applicant institutions collect this particular data or are able to provide it.  Therefore, applicant institutions are no longer required to submit pre-enrollment data on these two categories of individuals (categories /B and /C in the first two data columns of Tables 7a and 7b).  Omission of this data will not affect the evaluation of the application.  Please note, however, that all other information requested in data tables 7a and 7b and in other data tables must be provided as instructed. 


Questions concerning this notice should be directed to:

Rod Ulane, Ph.D.
NIH Research Training Officer
Director, Division of Scientific Programs
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20892
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