Notice of Intent to Reissue the Funding Opportunity Announcement Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-115

Key Dates
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: November 25, 2013
First Estimated Application Due Date: January 25, 2014
Earliest Estimated Award Date: October 2014
Earliest Estimated Start Date: October 2014

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), with participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to make changes to the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32) (PA-11-184). As a result, NIH will reissue the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) later this year for applications due January 25, 2014 and subsequently.

Modifications to the institutional NRSA program (see below) were recommended by the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH. This Notice is being published now to provide ample time for prospective applicants to plan in advance of the modifications to the T32 program.

Research Initiative Details

The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website.

The Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group recommendations that will be implemented when the T32 FOA is reissued include the following.

Program Implications:
In recognition that the career outcomes of NRSA-supported training programs include both research-intensive careers in academia and industry and research-related careers in various sectors, e.g. academic institutions, government agencies, for-profit businesses, and private foundations, training programs will be encouraged to make available structured, career development advising and learning opportunities (e.g. workshops, discussions, Individual Development Plans) so that trainees obtain a working knowledge of the various potential career directions that make strong use of the knowledge and skills gained during research training and the steps required to transition successfully to the next stage of their chosen career.

Review Implications:
Additional review elements will be added to consider the extent to which the varied Research and research-related career outcomes of trainees benefit from their NRSA-supported research training.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
Acting NIH Research Training Officer