Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) and Other Fellowship Applications: New Policy on Post-Submission Information on Sponsor’s Research Funding

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-022

Key Dates
Release Date: December 14, 2011

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Fellowships (F30, F31, F32, and F33) and non-NRSA International Fellowships (F05) require that the Fellowship Applicant identify a Sponsor(s) who will supervise the training and research experience. The Sponsor should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research training and must document the availability of sufficient research support for high-quality research training in the application. The review of Fellowship applications is in part based on the Sponsor(s)’ research qualifications, including successful competition for research support.

The following Policy is effective with applications submitted for the December 8, 2011, and thereafter:

Because the Sponsor(s)’ funding is a major factor in the review of a Fellowship application, this information will be allowed as post-submission material to update the Sponsor(s)’ funding information in the originally submitted application. Applicants must follow all instructions and due dates in NOT-OD-10-091 when submitting additional material. Information on the Sponsor(s)’ funding information must not exceed 1 page, and is limited to the project title, funding source (e,g. NIH grant number), a brief description of specific aims, and relevance to the fellowship application under review. The additional material is due no later than 30 days prior to the meeting of the review committee.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Research Training Officer