Release Date:  Febuary 2, 1998


National Institutes of Health


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award National Research Service
Awards (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional  Research Training Grants (T35) to
eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for
individuals interested in careers in biomedical and behavioral research.  Many
of the NIH Institutes and Centers (see Inquiries) use this grant mechanism
exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for
students in health professional schools during the summer.   In addition, the
Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant can be used to support other
types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging,
scientific areas relevant to the mission of the funding NIH institute or center. 
This grant mechanism will  help ensure that a diverse and highly trained
workforce is available to carry out the Nation's biomedical and behavioral
research agenda.

The proposed training must be in either basic or clinical aspects of the health-
related sciences.  The training should be of sufficient depth to enable the
trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the
principles underlying the conduct of research.

Since each NIH institute and center has different program goals and initiatives
with regard to NRSA short-term institutional training grants, potential
applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NIH institute and
center representative, listed at the end of this announcement, prior to preparing
an application.


The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion
and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000," a PHS-led national
activity for setting priority areas.  This program announcement (PA), NRSA Short-
Term Institutional Research Training Grant, is related to the priority area of
human resource development.  Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy
People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No. 017-001-00474-0 or Summary Report:  Stock
No. 017-001-00473-1) from
the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC
20402-9325 (telephone 202-512-1800).


Applicant Eligibility Requirements:  Only domestic, non-profit, private or public
institutions may apply for NRSA short-term institutional grants to support
research training programs.  The applicant institution must have a high quality
research program in the area(s) proposed for the research training and must have
the staff and facilities to conduct the proposed research training. The research
training program director at the applicant institution must be responsible for
the selection and appointment of trainees to receive NRSA support and for the
overall direction of the training program.

Trainee Eligibility Requirements:  NRSA institutional short-term training grants
are intended to introduce students and postdoctorates to research that would not
otherwise be available through their regular course of study.  Short-term
training is not intended, and may not be used, to support activities that would
ordinarily be part of a research degree program.  Positions on NRSA short-term
institutional training grants may not be used for courses and study leading to
an M.D., D.D.S. D.O., D.V.M., or other clinical, health professional degree, nor
do they support residency training. The training grant positions should not be
used in lieu of regular graduate stipends.

Trainees are required to pursue research training for 2-3 months on a full-time
basis devoting at least 40 hours per week to the program.  Within the 40 hours
per week training period, research trainees in clinical areas must devote their
time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical and other duties
to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. 
Successful trainees may be appointed for additional periods of short-term
training, or when appropriate, they may be encouraged to enter an extended period
of full-time training supported by an NRSA training grant or fellowship or an NIH
career development award.

Citizenship: Individuals appointed to NRSA institutional training grants must be
citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been
lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., in
possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must
be in possession of other legal verification of such status).  Non-citizen
nationals are individuals who, although not citizens of the United States, owe
permanent allegiance to the United States.  They are generally born in lands that
are not states, but under United States sovereignty, jurisdiction, or
administration (e.g., American Samoa).  Individuals on temporary or student visas
are not eligible.

Predoctoral Trainees:  Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate
degree by the beginning date of the NRSA short-term appointment, must be training
at the Postbaccalaureate level, and must be enrolled in a program leading to a
Ph.D. in science or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program.

Trainees in Health Professional Schools:   Trainees must be enrolled and should
have successfully completed at least one semester at an accredited school of
medicine, optometry, osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or
public health before participating in the program.  In schools of pharmacy, only
students who are candidates for Pharm. D. are eligible. An institution awarded
a training grant may support students enrolled at other institutions, provided
that the awarded institution presents a feasible plan for evaluating and
monitoring the short and long-term outcome of the student's research experiences.

Postdoctoral Trainees:   Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the
beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctoral degree
from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.  Eligible doctoral degrees
include, but are not limited to, the following:  Psy.D., O.D., D.D.S., D.M.D.,
D.O., D.P.M., Sc.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc. D.N.S.  D.V.M., D.S.W., or Pharm. D. or
equivalent domestic or foreign degree from an accredited institution at the time
of appointment.  Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting
institution, certifying all degree requirements have been met before the
beginning date of training, is acceptable.


Short-term institutional training grants are supported through NRSA research
training grant (T35) mechanisms.

Period of Support:  NRSA short-term institutional training grants may be awarded
for periods up to five years and are renewable.

Stipend:  Stipends will be based on a monthly proportion of the annual NIH
stipend level.  The current annual stipend level for predoctoral trainees is
$11,748; therefore, the monthly stipend is $979 per month.  For postdoctoral
trainees, the annual stipend is determined based on the number of years prior
relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of the trainees' appointment.
Current postdoctoral stipends are as follows:

Years of Relevant Experience              Annual Amount     Monthly Amount

less than  1                                  $21,000           $1,750
greater than or equal to 1 but less than 2    $22,176           $1,848
greater than or equal to 2 but less than 3    $26,160           $2,180
greater than or equal to 3 but less than 4    $27,492           $2,291
greater than or equal to 4 but less than 5    $28,824           $2,402
greater than or equal to 5 but less than 6    $30,144           $2,512
greater than or equal to 6 but less than 7    $31,476           $2,623
greater than or equal to 7                    $33,012           $2,751

No departure from the established stipend schedule may be negotiated by the
institution with the trainee.  The stipend for each additional full year of
stipend support is the next level in the stipend structure and does not change
in the middle of an appointment.  The grantee institution is allowed to provide
funds to an individual in addition to the stipends paid by the NIH.  Such
additional amounts may be either in the form of augmented stipends
(supplementation) or in the form of compensation, such as salary or tuition
remission for services such as teaching or serving as a laboratory assistant,
provided the conditions associated with these additional amounts do not 
interfere with, detract from, or prolong the trainee's approved NRSA training
program and the following conditions are met:

Stipend Supplementation:  Supplementation or additional support to offset the
cost of living may be provided by the grantee institution.  Supplementation does
not require any additional effort from the trainee.  Federal funds may not be
used for supplementation unless specifically authorized under the terms of both
the program from which such supplemental funds are to be received and the program
whose funds are to be supplemented.  Under no circumstances may DHHS funds be
used for supplementation.

Compensation:   An institution may provide additional funds to a trainee in the
form of compensation (as salary and/or tuition remission) for services such as
teaching or serving as a research assistant.  A trainee may receive compensation
for services as a research assistant or in some other position on a Federal
research grant, including a DHHS research grant.  However, compensated services
should occur on a limited, part-time basis apart from the normal research
training activities, which require a minimum of 40 hours per week. In addition,
compensation may not be paid from a research grant supporting research that is
part of the research training experience.

Educational Loans or G.I. Bill:  An individual may make use of Federal
educational loan funds and assistance under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits
Act (G.I. Bill).  Such funds are not considered supplementation or compensation.

Concurrent Awards:  An NRSA may not be held concurrently with another federally
sponsored fellowship or similar Federal award that provides a stipend or
otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA.

Tax Liability:  Internal Revenue Code Section 117 applies to the tax treatment
of all scholarships and fellowships.  Under that section, non-degree candidates
are required to report as gross income all stipends and any moneys paid on their
behalf for course tuition and fees required for attendance.  Degree candidates
may exclude from gross income (for tax purposes) any amount used for tuition and
related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for
courses of instruction at a qualified educational organization.  The taxability
of stipends, however, in no way alters the relationship between NRSA trainees and
institutions.  NRSA stipends are not considered salaries.  In addition, trainees
supported under the NRSA are not considered to be in an employee-employer
relationship with the NIH or the awardee institution.

It must be emphasized that the interpretation and implementation of the tax laws
are the domain of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts.  PHS takes
no position on what the status may be for a particular taxpayer, and it does not
have the authority to dispense tax advice.  Individuals should consult their
local IRS office about the applicability of the law to their situation and for
information on their tax obligations.

Related Costs:  The applicant institution may request up to $125 per month per
predoctoral trainee or health professional trainee and $208 per month per
postdoctoral trainee to help defray other costs of training, such as research
supplies, tuition, fees, and certain types of travel and other expenses.  The
award may include funds for indirect costs at the actual rate or at eight percent
of allowable direct costs (whichever is less) to cover related institutional

Trainee Reporting Requirements:   A Statement of Appointment of Trainee form (PHS
2271) must be submitted at the start of each trainee appointment and
reappointment.  Postdoctoral short-term trainees who are in their first twelve
months of any type of NRSA support must also complete an NRSA Payback Agreement. 
These individuals will incur a service payback obligation which is described in
the current announcement for NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)
published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (For example, see the NIH
Guide Volume 26, Number 16, May 16, 1997 also see the World Wide Web at  All
trainees are required to submit NRSA Termination Notices (PHS 416-7) at the
completion of their appointments.

Other Terms and Conditions:   Except as modified by this announcement, the terms
and conditions in the National Research Service Awards, Guidelines for Individual
Awards - Institutional Grants  (For example, see the NIH Guide Volume 26, Number
21, June 20, 1997 also see the World Wide Web at, as amended, are applicable to
grants made under this announcement.  No contractual or other arrangements for
research training at a site other than the grantee institution are allowed.


Research Training Program:   Prospective training program directors are
encouraged to develop training programs that are best suited to the strengths and
characteristics of their institutions and research programs. Training programs
may be focused on a single scientific discipline or maybe more broadly based to
include several disciplines.

Faculty and Institution:  The training program director and associated faculty
should have a documented record of success in conducting research and a proven
track record of training scientists for careers in basic or clinical research. 
The choice of participating training sites and mentors should be carefully
described to show that the institution's best environments and role models have
been selected.  It is expected that trainees will be assigned to the
institution's strongest research and research training programs, which may
involve basic or clinical research or a combination of both.

The proposal should address the commitment of the administration of the
institution to the long-term support and maintenance of the training program. 
Each institution will be expected to encourage and foster among the trainees a
sense of belonging to a community of scientists.  Among the methods that may be
used is providing a special seminar series addressing such topics as research
methodology, instrumentation, experimental design, etc.  It is also desirable for
the institution to provide a mechanism by which students may formally present
their research.  An evaluation plan for assessing the impact of the program on
both the institute and trainee is required.

Trainees:  The goal is to identify a cadre of exceptional trainees with the
potential to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research.  A plan for
widely advertising the program throughout the institution is desirable to ensure
the recruitment of high quality trainees.  Although it is desirable that the
number of students supported by each short-term training grant, in general, be
from 4-32, the number of students supported by each short-term training grant
should be consistent with the capacity of the institution's research program and
the NIH institutes and centers research training goals.


Prospective program directors are strongly encouraged to address the issues,
listed under review considerations which will be evaluated for merit by the
appropriate NIH scientific review group (IRG).

Although NRSA short-term institutional training grants are an NIH-wide grant
mechanism, not all NIH institutes and centers support short-term training.   
Therefore, all applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the institute's
representative (listed below) before preparing an application.  Such contact will
help ensure that the applicant will obtain information about the NIH institute's
interest and supplemental instructions concerning NRSA short term institutional
training grants.

Applications which are received and do not fall within the specified areas of an
Institute's interest will be referred to another Institutes, if appropriate, or
returned to applicants as soon as possible after receipt.

Applicants must use and follow the instructions accompanying the grant
application form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95) and if applicable, supplemental instructions
specific to the NIH institute or center that will be considering the application
for funding.

Additional instructions for preparing Institutional National Research Service
Awards is provided in the PHS Form 398 on pages V1 through V7.   Form pages (NN-
PP) are provided for Institutional National Research  Service Awards.  The PHS
Form 398 is available at institutional offices of sponsored research or their
equivalent.  If not available locally, call (301) 710-0267 or send a request
accompanied by a self-address mailing label to:

Extramural Outreach and Information Resources
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7910
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910

A signed, typewritten original of the application, including the checklist, and
five signed photocopies of the application must be sent to:

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040 - MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD 20892-7710
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)


All applications will be evaluated for merit by NIH initial review groups (IRG)
based on the following criteria:

The objectives and design of the research training program;

The qualifications of the program director and the participating preceptors as
basic and clinical researchers, including publications and successful competition
for research;

Past research training record of both the program director and the designated

The institutional training environment, including the institutional commitment
to training students in basic and clinical research, quality of the facilities,
availability of appropriate courses and seminars, and availability of research
The proposed plans for advertisement, selection, and assignment of trainees to
preceptors:  the availability of high quality trainees;

The institution's plan for measuring the effectiveness of the training program,
including the productivity of the trainees (e.g. publications, abstracts,
presentations), the impact of the program on the institution, and the impact of
the program on the career choices, opportunities and further research activities
of the trainees; and

And, for competitive continuation (renewal) applications, the program
accomplishments to date, as outlined in PHS 398, V6-7 (e).


The IRG, following their assessment of the quality of the applications and
assignment of priority scores indicative of merit, will comment on each
applicant's plans for attracting individuals from underrepresented minority
groups into the research training program and for training in the responsible
conduct of research.

Minority Recruitment Plan:  The NIH remains committed to increasing the
participation of individuals from underrepresented minority groups in biomedical
and behavioral research.  All new and competing applications for institutional
NRSA research training grants must include a specific plan to recruit and retain
minorities, and competing continuation applications also must include a report
on the recruitment and retention record during the previous award period.  If an
application is received without a plan, or without a report on the previous award
period, the application will be considered incomplete and may be returned to the
applicant without review.  Additional information on this requirement was
published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 22, Number 25, July
16, 1993.

Record of Minority Recruitment:  Competing continuation applications for research
training grants must include a detailed account of experiences in recruiting
individuals from underrepresented groups during the previous award period. 
Information must be included on successful and unsuccessful recruitment

After the overall educational and technical merit of an application has been
assessed, peer reviewers will examine and evaluate the minority recruitment plan
and any record of recruitment and retention.  For competing continuation
applications, the reviewers will examine and evaluate the record of the program
in recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority trainees during the
previous award period.  The panel also will consider whether the experience in
recruitment during the previous award period has been incorporated into the
formulation of the recruitment plan for the next award period.

The findings of the panel will be included in the summary statement.  If the
minority recruitment plan of the application is judged unacceptable, funding will
be withheld until a revised plan that addresses the deficiencies is received. 
Staff within the NIH awarding component, with guidance from the appropriate
national advisory board or council, will determine whether amended plans and
reports submitted after the initial review are acceptable.

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research:  Every predoctoral and
postdoctoral NRSA trainee supported by an institutional research training grant
must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research.  (For more
information on this provision, see the current announcement for NRSA
Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) published in the NIH Guide for
Grants and Contracts (For example, see the NIH Guide Volume 26, Number 16, May
16, 1997 or the World Wide Web at

Applications must include a description of a program to provide formal or
informal instruction in scientific integrity or the responsible conduct of
research.  Applications without plans for instruction in the responsible conduct
of research will be considered incomplete and may be returned to the applicant
without review.   Although the NIH does not establish specific curricula or
formal requirements, all programs are encouraged to consider instruction in the
following areas: conflict of interest, responsible authorship, policies for
handling misconduct, policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects, and
data management.

Plans must address the subject matter of the instruction, the format of the
instruction, the degree of faculty participation, trainee attendance, and the
frequency of instruction as it relates to the short-term research training
program.  The rationale for the proposed plan of instruction must be provided. 
Program reports on the type of instruction provided, topics covered, and other
relevant information, such as attendance by trainees and faculty participation,
must be included in future competing continuation and noncompeting applications.

NIH initial review groups will assess the applicant's plans (and report in
competing continuation applications) based on the appropriateness of topics,
format, amount and nature of faculty participation, and the frequency and
duration of instruction.  The plan will be discussed after the overall
determination of merit, so that the quality of the plan will not be a factor in
the determination of the priority score.  Plans will be judged as acceptable or
unacceptable.  The acceptability of the plan will be described in the summary
statement.  Regardless of the priority score, applications with unacceptable
plans will not be funded until a revised, acceptable plan is provided by the
applicant.  The acceptability of the revised plan will be judged by staff within
the NIH awarding component.


Final selection will be made by the NIH institute or center based on the IRG
recommendations, the need for research personnel in specific programmatic areas,
research program priorities, balance among the types of research training
supported by the awarding NIH component,  the availability of funds, the
acceptability of the plan for minority recruitment, and the acceptability of the
proposal for instruction in the responsible conduct of research.   The awarding
NIH institute or center will notify the applicant of the final action shortly
after the national advisory board or council meeting.


For additional information, see current document titled, "Guidelines for National
Research Service Awards-Institutional Grants", usually available at the
applicant's institution or contact the appropriate NIH institute representative
below (see NIH HOME PAGE:


NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants are made under the authority of
Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 288).  Title 42
of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 66, is applicable to this program.  This
program is also described under the following numbers in the Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance:  93.121, 93.172, 93.173, 93.272, 93.278, 93.282, 93.306,
93.361, 93.398, 93.821, 93.837-93.839, 93.846-93.849, 93.853-93.856, 93.859,
93.862-93.868, 93.871, 93.880, 93.894, and 93.929.


Application     Initial     Council     Earliest
Receipt         Review      Review      Possible
Date            Date        Date        Start Date

Jan 10          Jun        Sep/Oct      Dec 1
May 10          Oct/Nov    Jan/Feb      Apr 1
Sep 10          Feb/Mar    May/Jun      Jul 1

Many institutes and centers review applications once per year.  A listing of
these institutes and the appropriate receipt date(s) is provided in the Inquiries
Section, below.


Since each NIH institute and center has different program goals and initiatives
with regard to NRSA short-term institutional training grants, applicants are
strongly encouraged to contact the individuals listed below, in advance of
preparing an application, for additional information concerning areas of
research, receipt dates, and other types of pre-application consultation. 
Programmatic inquires should be directed to the program official (PO) and fiscal
inquires should be contact to the grants management official (GO).

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA supports short-term research training for students in health professional
Receipt Date: January 10
Dr. Robin A. Barr (PO)
FAX:  301-402-2945

Ms. Joanne Colbert (GO)
FAX:  301-402-3672

National Institute on Alcohol, Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools and underrepresented minority students.
Receipt Date: May 10
Dr. Ernestine Vanderveen (PO)
FAX:  301-594-0673

Ms. Linda Hilley (GO)
FAX:  301-443-3891

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
NIAID supports short-term research training for students in health professional
Receipt Date: September 10
Dr. Milton Hernandez (PO)
FAX:  301-402-0369

Ms. Barbara Hoffman (GO)
FAX: 301-402-0369

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
NICHD supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools and a course in mammalian genetics.
Receipt Date: January 10
Dr. Danuta Krotoski (PO)
FAX:  301-402-0832

Ms. Diane Watson (GO)
FAX:  301-402-0915

National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR)
NIDR supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools (dental school), mid-career retraining of scientists and clinicians, and
training of women and underrepresented minority students.
Receipt Date: January 10
Dr. James A. Lipton (PO)
FAX:  301-480-8318

Mr. Martin Rubinstein (GO)
FAX:  301-480-8303

National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK)
NIDDK supports short-term research training for students in health professional
Receipt Date:  January 10
Dr. Judith Podskalny (PO)
FAX:  301-480-8300

Ms. Desiree Johnson (GO)
FAX:  301-480-3504

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools and underrepresented minority students.
Receipt Date: January 10, May 10, and September 10.
Dr. Lucinda Miner (PO)
FAX:  301-443-6277

Mr. Gary Fleming, J.D. (GO)
FAX:  301 443 9127

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools and underrepresented undergraduate minority students.
Receipt Date:  July 10
Dr. Michael Galvin  (PO)
FAX:  919-541-2843

Ms. Jacqueline M. Russell (GO)
FAX:  919-541-2860

National Eye Institute (NEI)
NEI supports short-term research training for students in health professional
Receipt Date: May 10
Dr. Maria Y. Giovanni (PO)
FAX: 301-402-0528
Email: myg@eps.nei.nih

Ms Karen Robinson Smith (GO)
FAX:  301-402-0528

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Receipt Date: May 10
NHLBI supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools and underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate students.
Ms. Mary Reilly (PO)
FAX:  301-480-3557

Ms. Jane Davis (GO)
FAX:  301-480-3310

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH supports short-term training for students in professional schools, 
predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees,  medical residents interested in research
careers, and research scientists.
Receipt Date: May 10
Dr. Walter Goldschmidts
Tel: (301) 443-3563
FAX: (301) 443-1731

Ms. Diana S. Trunnell (GO)
301- 443-3065
FAX 301-443-6885

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
NCRR supports short-term research training for students in health professional
schools (veterinary school).
Receipt Date:  January 10
Dr. Neal B. West (PO)
FAX:  301-480-3819

Mr. Paul Karadabil  (GO)
FAX:  301-480-3777

The following NIH institutes do not support the NRSA short-term institutional
training grant mechanism (T35):

Fogarty International Center (FIC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)*
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)

*Use different mechanism (R25) to support short term training

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