NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 37, October 16, 1992

PA NUMBER:  PA-93-007

P.T. 44


  Biomedical Research Training 




National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

(NIDDK) invites applications for National Research Service Award

(NRSA) institutional grants (T32) from eligible institutions to

develop or enhance research training for predoctoral students or

postdoctoral fellows, selected by the institution, in the broad areas

of nutritional science and obesity-related research.  The purpose of

this NRSA program, and this announcement, is to ensure a cadre of

well-trained scientists interested in pursuing academic research

careers in the areas of nutrition, nutrient metabolism, eating

disorders, obesity, and energy metabolism/regulation.  Other

Institutes and Centers share an interest in these disorders.

Assignment of applications to components of the National Institutes

of Health will be according to standard Public Health Service (PHS)

referral guidelines.

To ensure a fully adequate review, applications submitted in response

to this announcement and assigned to the NIDDK will be reviewed only

annually in the review cycle, ending with presentation to the

National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council

at its September/October meeting.  Therefore, it is requested that

applications be submitted for the January 10 receipt date of each

year.  This applies both to new applications and to competing

continuation applications in the area of nutritional sciences.

NIDDK-assigned applications submitted for the other receipt dates of

May 10 and September 10 will be held for review with those submitted

on the following January 10.


The 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,

Institutional Training Awards in Nutritional Sciences, is related to

the priority area of nutrition.  Potential applicants may obtain a

copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.

017-001-00474-0) or "Healthy People 2000" (Summary Report:  Stock No.

017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent of Documents, Government

Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325, (telephone 202-783-3238).


Applications may be submitted by domestic non-profit private and

public institutions to support research training programs.  The

applicant institution must have, or be able to develop, the staff and

facilities required for the proposed program.  The training program

director at the institution will be responsible for the selection and

appointment of trainees to receive support and for the overall

direction of the program.

The individuals to be trained on an NRSA training grant must be

citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been

lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of the

Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 or I-151) at the time of

appointment. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not

eligible.  NRSA research training grants may not be used to support

studies leading to the M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., or other similar

health-professional degree.

Programs able to provide postdoctoral training to both M.D.s and

Ph.D.s are encouraged.


The mechanism of support for this program announcement will be the

National Research Service Award institutional training grant (T32).

Institutions may request support for predoctoral students,

postdoctoral trainees, and short-term research training.  Stipends

will be awarded at levels commensurate with NIH policy at the time of

award and may be supplemented from non-Federal sources. Training

related expenses, tuition and fees, and travel expenses may also be

requested for trainees, although the levels vary depending on the

type of training to be supported.  Trainees should be appointed to

postdoctoral positions for at least two years.  Indirect costs will

be awarded based on eight percent of total direct costs with no

exclusions from the base for training-related expenses.  It is

anticipated that the size of awards will vary, possible ranging up to

$250,000 per year.


The NIDDK is committed to increasing the number of well-trained

physicians and basic scientists interested in conducting high quality

research in areas of nutritional science and able both to compete

successfully for NIH grant support and provide leadership in the

areas of clinical nutrition/obesity research.


Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS

398 (rev. 9/91).  Application kits are available from most

institutional business offices and may be obtained from the Office of

Grants Inquiries, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of

Health, 5333 Westbard Avenue, Room 449, Bethesda, MD 20892, telephone

(301) 496-7441.  The title and number of this announcement must be

typed in section 2a on the face page of the application.

Prior to preparing an application, prospective applicants should

consult the following documents:  (a) "National Research Service

Award Guidelines for Individual Awards - Institutional Awards"

available from most grantee offices of sponsored research and from

the Office of Grants Inquiries at the address listed above; and (2)

"Suggestions for national Research Service Award Institutional

Training grant Applications" available from the Review Branch,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,

Westwood Building, Room 604, Bethesda, MD 20892, telephone (301) 496-


The completed original application and five legible copies must be

sent or delivered to --

Division of Research Grants

National Institutes of Health

Westwood Building, Room 240

Bethesda, MD  20892**

Preferably, applications should be received on or before the January

10 receipt date.


Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed initially by the Division

of Research Grants (DRG) for completeness. Incomplete applications

will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.

All applications responding to this announcement that are assigned to

the NIDDK will be reviewed for scientific and technical merit by the

DDK-C initial review group (IRG), followed by a second level review

by the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory

Council.  Applications not recommended for further consideration by

the IRG will not undergo secondary review.  Applications assigned to

Institutes/Centers other than the NIDDK will undergo a similar

2-level review process within the designated Institute/Center.

Initial review of applications assigned to the NIDDK will be held in

June or July of each year, and review by the National Diabetes and

Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council will be in September

or October.  Review criteria used by initial review groups in

reviewing NRSA Institutional Training applications are given in the

booklet "National Research Service Award Guidelines for Individual

Awards - Institutional Awards" available from the Office of Grants

Inquiries at the address listed under APPLICATION PROCEDURES.


Applications will compete for available funds with other approved

applications.  The following will be considered in making funding


o  scientific and technical merit of the application as determined by

peer review

o  availability of funds

o  program balance


Inquiries regarding programmatic issues may be directed to --

Judith M. Podskalny, Ph.D.

Director, Research Training and Career Development Program

Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Westwood Building, Room 3A15

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7455

Inquiries regarding fiscal matters may be directed to --

Mrs. Paulette Badman

Grants Management Specialist

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Westwood Building, Room 649

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7467


This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic

Assistance No. 93.848.  Awards are made under authorization of the

Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A (Public Law 78-410, as

amended by Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241 and 285) and administered

under PHS grants policies and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 66

and 45 CFR Part 74.  This program is not subject to the

intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or

Health Systems Agency review.


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