RELEASE DATE:  August 8, 2002

PA NUMBER:  PAR-02-145 

Application Receipt Dates: April 5 and December 5
EXPIRATION DATE: December 6, 2005, unless reissued

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

This Program Announcement replaces PAR-94-032, which was published in 
the NIH Guide, February 18, 1994.


o  Purpose of the PA
o  Training Objectives
o  Mechanism(s) of Support
o  Eligible Institutions
o  Individuals Eligible to Apply
o  Where to Send Inquiries
o  Special Instructions
o  Submitting an Application
o  Peer Review Process
o  Review Criteria
o  Review Considerations
o  Award Criteria
o  Terms and Conditions of Support
o  Required Federal Citations


The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch of the Division 
of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) of the National Institute 
of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) provides research training 
opportunities for faculty at minority and/or minority serving 
institutions to enhance their research skills.  This program 
announcement describes a revised MARC Faculty Fellowship for senior 

The purpose of this program is to allow eligible faculty at 
minority/minority serving institutions the opportunity to update their 
research skills and/or move into new areas of research through a one-
year period of intensive research training/experience in a state-of-
the-art research environment. 


The goals of the MARC Branch are to increase the number and 
capabilities of minorities engaged in biomedical research and to 
strengthen science course curricula and research training environments 
at minority/minority serving institutions.  As part of its ongoing 
commitment to the development of research training faculty, 
minority/minority serving institutions and underrepresented minority 
biomedical researchers, the MARC Branch will provide funds to allow 
eligible faculty from these institutions to spend a year updating their 
research skills at a research-intensive institution.  The institutions 
that host these faculty members must be able to provide high-quality 
research training.  During this one-year period of training, the 
faculty member participating in this training should have only minimal 
responsibilities at his/her home institution.  The expectation is that 
the faculty member"s newly acquired skills will enhance the research 
and training environment at the home institution.  


This Program Announcement (PA) will use the National Institutes of 
Health NRSA Senior Fellowship (F33) award mechanism.  Note that 
although this mechanism is widely used throughout NIH, applicants for 
the MARC Faculty Senior Fellowship should be aware of different 
eligibility requirements and review criteria.

Applicants may NOT request less than one academic year (9 months) or 
more than 12 months of support.

Fellowship awards are administered as described in the NIH Grants 
Policy Statement found at and the NRSA Guidelines 
for Individual Awards and Institutional Grants, available on the NIH 
Website at  The 
proposed training under the F33 award must be within the scope of 
biomedical or behavioral research and must offer an opportunity for 
applicant to update his/her research skills and/or move into new areas 
of research.  Applicants are required to pursue their research training 
on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the 
training program.  Awards are not made for study leading to any of the 
professional degrees (M.D., D.O., D.D.S., etc.). 


HOME INSTITUTION:  You may submit an application if your home 
institution is a domestic, non-profit, private or public 
minority/minority serving institution that offers at least the 
baccalaureate degree in the biomedical/behavioral sciences, including 
mathematics.  The exception to this requirement is the tribal colleges.  
The home institution is the college or university where the applicant 
is employed at the time of the application.  For the purposes of this 
Program Announcement, institutions such as Historically Black Colleges 
and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and other 
institutions that have substantial enrollments of students from 
minority groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are 
considered to be minority or minority serving institutions.  In 
addition, the home institution must support the applicant"s plans, and 
guarantee and provide release time for faculty research training.  

TRAINING INSTITUTION:  The training institution is the research 
university or research institution or center at which the training 
takes place.  It may be a public or private, domestic, or with strong 
justification, a foreign institution.  The training institution must 
offer a solid research environment as evidenced by a high level of 
faculty involvement in biomedical research and a high level of research 
support through competitive research grants.  However, the training 
institution may NOT be the applicant"s home institution.  

SPONSOR:  Before submitting an application, an individual must arrange 
for acceptance by a training institution and sponsor. The sponsor is 
the individual who will directly supervise the candidate"s research 
during the period of the fellowship.  The applicant"s sponsor should be 
an active investigator in the area of the proposed research and have a 
distinguished record of achievement as documented by high-quality 
research publications and/or competitive grant support.  The sponsor 
must document the availability of staff, research support, and 
facilities for high-quality research training. 

FOREIGN SPONSORSHIP:  Individuals requesting foreign-site training 
rather than a domestic site must show in the application that the 
foreign institution and sponsor offer unique opportunities that are not 
currently available in the United States.  Foreign training will NOT be 
supported without a clear scientific advantage.


CITIZENSHIP:  At the time of the earliest possible start date , 
individuals must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United 
States or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for 
permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration 
Receipt Card 1-551, or other legal verification of such status).  
Noncitizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions 
of the United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island).  
Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants for the Senior Faculty Fellowship 
must have received the Ph.D. or equivalent at least seven years before 
the date of the application and have demonstrated a commitment to 
research and teaching in a minority or minority serving institution.  
The applicant must be a full-time, permanent faculty in a biomedically 
or behaviorally relevant science or mathematics at the home institution 
for at least three years at the time of submission of the application. 
In this case, permanent is not limited to tenured or tenure-track but 
implies the expectation of continued employment in the normal course of 
events.  Adjunct or part-time faculty are not eligible.  The applicant 
must be seeking training in a science, including mathematics, related 
to biomedical or behavioral research and must intend to return to the 
home institution at the end of the training period. 

Since the intent of this fellowship is to provide faculty at 
minority/minority serving institutions the opportunity to upgrade their 
research skills or move into new areas of research, this program is not 
intended for established independent investigators to receive training 
to increase their scientific capabilities, nor postdoctoral level 
investigators seeking to improve their research potential prior to 
becoming independent investigators

We encourage your inquiries concerning this PA and welcome the 
opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.  Inquiries 
may fall into two areas: programmatic and financial or grants 
management issues:

o  Direct your questions about programmatic issues to:

Adolphus P. Toliver, Ph.D.
Minority Access to Research Careers Branch 
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
45 Center Drive, Room 2AS.37, MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD  20892-6200
Telephone:  (301) 594-3900
FAX:  (301) 480-2753

Hinda Zlotnik, Ph.D.
Minority Access to Research Careers Branch
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
45 Center Drive, Room 2AS.37, MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD  20892-6200
Telephone:  (301) 594-3900

o  Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters 

Ms. Antoinette Holland
Grants Management Officer
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
45 Center Drive, Room 2AN.50B, MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD  20892-6200
Telephone:  (301) 594-5132
FAX:  (301) 480-2554


ALLOWABLE COSTS:  The Faculty Senior Fellowship Award provides an 
annual stipend to help meet the fellow"s living expenses and an annual 
institutional allowance.

STIPEND:  A MARC Faculty Senior Fellowship applicant may request a 
stipend equal to his/her actual annual salary, but in no case can the 
stipend exceed the stipend of a level 7 postdoctoral fellowship 
($48,852/yr.).  The actual amount of stipend will be prorated by the 
length of the award if the award is less than 12 months.  The stipend 
is not provided as a condition of employment with either the Federal 
Government or the institution.  

INSTITUTIONAL ALLOWANCE:  NIH will provide an institutional allowance 
of $4,000 per 12-month period to nonfederal, nonprofit, or foreign 
sponsoring institutions to be used for expenses directly related to the 
applicant"s research training.  Examples of such training related 
expenses might be research supplies, small equipment, and travel to 
scientific meetings.  The allowance is not available until the fellow 
officially activates the award. 

OTHER TRAINING COSTS:  Additional funds may be requested by the 
institution when the training of a fellow involves extraordinary costs 
for travel to field sites remote from the sponsoring institution or 
accommodations for fellows who are disabled, as defined by the 
Americans With Disabilities Act.  The funds requested for extraordinary 
costs must be reasonable in relationship to the total dollars awarded 
under the fellowship and must be directly related to the approved 
research training experience.  Such additional funds shall be provided 
only in exceptional circumstances that are fully justified and 
explained by the institution.

allowed on individual fellowship awards.  

institution is permitted to provide funds to a fellow in addition to 
the stipend paid by the NIH.  Such additional amounts may be in the 
form of augmented stipends (supplementation) or compensation for 

SUPPLEMENTATION:  Supplementation or additional support to offset the 
cost of living may be provided by the sponsoring institution, but must 
not require any additional effort from the fellow.  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 PHS grant funds be used for supplementation.

COMPENSATION:  An institution may provide additional funds to a fellow 
in the form of compensation (as salary and/or tuition remission) for 
services, such as teaching or research.  Compensation for services is 
not considered stipend supplementation.  A fellow may receive 
compensation for services as a research assistant or in some other 
capacity on a Federal research grant, including a PHS research grant.  
However, compensated services must occur on a limited, part-time basis 
apart from the normal 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 F33 research 
training experience.

Under no circumstances may the conditions of stipend supplementation or 
the services provided for compensation interfere with, detract from, or 
prolong the fellow"s approved NRSA training program.  Additionally, 
compensation must be in accordance with institutional policies applied 
consistently to both Federally and non-Federally supported activities 
and supported by acceptable accounting records determined by the 
employer-employee relationship agreement.

EDUCATIONAL LOANS OR THE GI BILL:  An individual may make use of 
Federal educational loan funds and assistance under the Veteran"s 
Readjustment Benefits Act (GI Bill).  Such funds are not considered 
supplementation or compensation.

CONCURRENT AWARDS:  An F33 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:  The 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 gross income, all stipends 
and any monies paid on their behalf for course tuition and fees 
required for attendance.  

The taxability of stipends, however, in no way alters the relationship 
between NRSA fellows and institutions.  NRSA stipends are not 
considered salaries.  NRSA fellows are not considered to be in an 
employee-employer relationship with the NIH or with the institution at 
which they are receiving their training. 

The interpretation and implementation of the tax laws is the domain of 
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts.  The NIH takes no 
position on the status of 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 the proper steps to be taken regarding their tax 

PAYBACK:  As required by the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, 
postdoctoral fellows in their first year of NRSA support incur a 
service obligation of one (1) month for each month of support.  Thus, 
MARC Senior Faculty Fellows will incur a payback obligation during the 
nine to 12 months of training, which can be satisfied by resuming a 
career in research and teaching at a minority/minority serving 

Specific questions concerning payback appear in a list of Frequently 
Asked Questions, which appears on the Web at  Other questions 
on payback should be directed to the NIGMS institute contact. 

LEAVE:  Fellows may continue to receive stipends during periods of 
vacation and holidays available to individuals in comparable training 
positions at the training institution.  Also, fellows may continue to 
receive stipends for up to 15 calendar days of sick leave per year.  
Sick leave may be used for the medical conditions related to pregnancy 
and childbirth.  Fellows may continue to receive stipends for up to 30 
calendar days of parental leave per year for the adoption or the birth 
of a child when those in comparable training positions at the grantee 
or sponsoring institution have access to paid leave for this purpose 
and the use of parental leave is approved by the sponsor.  A period of 
terminal leave is not permitted and payment may not be made from grant 
funds for leave not taken.  Individuals requiring extended periods of 
time away from their research training experience must seek approval 
from NIGMS for an unpaid leave of absence.


Individuals must submit the application form, PHS Individual National 
Research Service Award (PHS 416-1, rev. 12/98).  An application for a 
MARC Faculty Senior Fellowship must contain a letter signed by the 
appropriate officials of the applicant"s home institution, including 
the applicant"s department head, (1) supporting the applicant"s 
training plans, (2) guaranteeing the necessary release time for the 
applicant, (3) certifying the applicant"s eligibility for the program, 
and (4) establishing the home institution"s eligibility as a 
minority/minority serving institution.  

In Item 3, of the PHS 416-1, applicants must give the Program 
Announcement number, PAR-02-145.  In Item 2, applicants should type 
"MARC Faculty Senior Faculty Fellowship Program".

APPLICATION MATERIALS:  To obtain application kits with instructions 
and forms, please contact your institutional office of sponsored 
research.  If application kits are not available at the institution, 
they may be downloaded from the NIH website at  or it may be requested from the 
following e-mail address: 

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES:  MARC F33 applications undergo a review 
process that takes between 5-8 months.  The receipt dates and the two 
annual review cycles are as follows: 

Application Receipt Dates:      April 5                  Dec 5
Initial Review Dates:           Jun/Jul                  Feb/Mar
Secondary Review Dates:         Aug/Sep                  Apr/May
Range of Likely Start Dates:    Sep 1-Dec 1*             May 1-Jul 1
*Fellowships may not be activated between October 1 and November 15

SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE NIH:  Submit a signed, typewritten 
original of the application (including the Checklist, Personal Data 
form, at least three sealed reference letters, and all other required 
materials) and two  exact, clear, single-sided photocopies of the 
signed applications, in one package to:

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

APPLICATION PROCESSING:  Applications must be received by or mailed 
before the receipt dates listed in this PA.  The Center for Scientific 
Review (CSR) will not accept any application in response to this PA 
that is essentially the same as one currently pending initial review 
unless the applicant withdraws the pending application.  The CSR will 
not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already 
reviewed.  This does not preclude the submission of a substantial 
revision of an application already reviewed, but such application must 
include an Introduction addressing the previous critique.  


Complete applications for this PA will be assigned to NIGMS in 
accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures 
( will evaluate applications for 
scientific and technical merit.    Applicants will be notified about 
their application"s SRG assignment.

As part of the initial merit review, all applications will:

o  Receive a written critique
o  Receive a second level review by the NIGMS Fellowship Oversight 
Group (FOG), comprised of NIGMS professional staff.


In the written comments, the reviewers will be asked to discuss the 
following aspects of your application in order to judge the likelihood 
that the proposed research training will have a substantial impact on 
the likelihood that the training received will accomplish the purpose 
of this PA.  The review criteria focus on four main components: 

o  Candidate
o  Sponsor and training environment
o  Research Proposal
o  Training Potential

The Scientific Review Group (SRG) will address and consider each of 
these criteria in assigning your application"s overall score, weighting 
them as appropriate for each application.  Your application does not 
need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have an 
important training impact and thus, deserve a high priority score.  
(1)  CANDIDATE:  An assessment of the applicant"s qualifications and 
potential for a career as a researcher and teacher.  Assessment will 
include research and teaching experience, training and career goals, 
scientific publications and/or presentations, professional honors and 
awards and letters of recommendation.

(2)  SPONSOR AND TRAINING ENVIRONMENT:  An assessment of the quality of 
the training environment and the qualifications of the sponsor as a 
mentor for the proposed research training experience. 

(3)  RESEARCH PROPOSAL:  The quality and appropriateness of the 
proposed training, including the merit of the scientific proposal and 
its relationship to the candidate"s career plans. 

(4)  TRAINING POTENTIAL:  An assessment of the value of the proposed 
fellowship experience as it relates to using this research training to 
enhance research and teaching at the home institution.


include the candidate"s plans for obtaining instruction in the 
responsible conduct of research, including the rationale, subject 
matter, appropriateness, format, frequency and duration of instruction.  
The amount and nature of the Fellow"s participation must be described.  
No award will be made if an application lacks this component.


Applications submitted in response to this PA will compete for 
available funds with all other recommended applications for the Faculty 
Senior Fellowship Award.  The following will be considered in making 
funding decisions:

o  Scientific and technical merit of the application as determined by 
peer review
o  Availability of funds
o  Relevance to program priorities.  For example, among the highly 
qualified applicants, the MARC professional staff may give preference 
to those who demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching 
at a minority/minority serving institution and who present evidence of 
strong support from the home and training institutions, including the 
research training sponsor.


Fellowships must be administered in accordance with the current NRSA 
Policy Guidelines for Individual Awards and Institutional Grants (see 
the NIH Website at, the 
current NIH Grants Policy Statement (see the NIH Website at, and any terms and 
conditions specified on the Notice of Research Fellowship Award. 

Certification and Reporting Procedures 

No application will be accepted without the applicant signing the 
certification block.  Individuals admitted to the United States, as 
Permanent Residents must submit notarized evidence of legal admission 
prior to the award.  The Activation Notice must be accompanied by a 
Payback Agreement Form (PHS 6031) when the award is for the 
individual"s initial 12 months of NRSA postdoctoral support.  When 
support ends, the fellow must submit a Termination Notice (PHS 416-7) 
to the NIH.  And, if the fellow has a payback obligation, he or she 
must notify the NIH of any change in address and submit Annual Payback 
Activities Certification Forms (PHS 6031-1) until the payback service 
obligation is satisfied.  Forms will be provided to awardees by the NIH 
awarding component.  Forms may also be found on the NIH Website at

INVENTIONS AND DATA COLLECTION:  Fellowships made primarily for 
educational purposes are exempted from the NIH invention requirements.  
F33 awards will not contain any provision giving PHS rights to 
inventions made by the awardee.  

DATA SHARING:  NIH policy is to make available to the public the 
results and accomplishments of the activities that it funds.  
Therefore, it is incumbent upon fellows to make results and 
accomplishments of their F33 activities available to the public.  There 
should be no restrictions on the publication of results in a timely 

COPYRIGHTS:  Except as otherwise provided in the terms and conditions 
of the award, the recipient is free to arrange for copying without 
approval when publications, data, or other copyrightable works are 
developed in the course of work under a NIH grant-supported project or 
activity.  Any such copyrighted or copyrightable works shall be subject 
to a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to the 
Government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use them, and to 
authorize others to do so for Federal Government purposes.


It is the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups 
and their sub-populations must be included in all NIH-supported 
biomedical and behavioral research projects involving human subjects, 
unless a clear and compelling rationale and justification are provided 
indicating that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health 
of the subjects or the purpose of the research.  This policy results 
from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public Law 

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should 
read the AMENDMENT "NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and 
Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research – Amended, October 2001," 
published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 9, 2001 
(, a 
complete copy of the updated Guidelines is available at  
The amended policy incorporates:  the use of an NIH 
definition of clinical research, updated racial and ethnic categories 
in compliance with the new OMB standards: clarification of language 
governing NIH-defined Phase III clinical trials consistent with the new 
PHS Form 398, and updated roles and responsibilities of NIH staff and 
the extramural community.  The policy continues to require for all NIH-
defined Phase III clinical trials: a) all applications or proposals 
and/or protocols to provide a description of plans to conduct analyses, 
as appropriate, to address differences by sex/gender and/or 
racial/ethnic groups, including subgroups if applicable, and b) all 
investigators to report accrual, and to conduct and report analyses, as 
appropriate, by sex/gender and/or racial/ethnic group differences.

SUBJECTS:  The NIH maintains a policy that children (i.e., individuals 
under the age of 21) must be included in all human subjects research, 
conducted or supported by the NIH, unless there are scientific and 
ethical reasons not to include them.  This policy applies to all 
initial (Type 1) applications submitted for receipt dates after October 
1, 1998.

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should 
read the "NIH Policy and Guidelines on the inclusion of children as 
participants in research involving human subjects" that is available at

NIH policy requires education on the protection of human subject 
participants for all investigators submitting NIH proposals for 
research involving human subjects.  You will find this policy 
announcement in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Announcement, 
dated June 5, 2000, at  

HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS (hESC):  Criteria for federal funding of 
research on hESCs can be found at and at  
Only research using hESC lines that are registered in the NIH Human 
Embryonic Stem Cell Registry will be eligible for Federal funding 
(see  It is the responsibility of the 
applicant to provide the official NIH identifier for the hESC line(s) 
to be used in the proposed research.  Applications that do not provide 
this information will be returned without review.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 has been 
revised to provide public access to research data through the Freedom 
of Information Act (FOIA) under some circumstances.  Data that are (1) 
first produced in a project that is supported in whole or in part with 
Federal funds and (2) cited publicly and officially by a Federal agency 
in support of an action that has the force and effect of law (i.e., a 
regulation) may be accessed through FOIA.  It is important for 
applicants to understand the basic scope of this amendment.  NIH has 
provided guidance at:

Applicants may wish to place data collected under this PA in a public 
archive, which can provide protections for the data and manage the 
distribution for an indefinite period of time.  If so, the application 
should include a description of the archiving plan in the study design 
and include information about this in the budget justification section 
of the application.  In addition, applicants should think about how to 
structure informed consent statements and other human subjects 
procedures given the potential for wider use of data collected under 
this award.

proposals for NIH funding must be self-contained within specified page 
limitations.  Unless otherwise specified in a NIH solicitation, 
internet addresses (URLs) should not be used to provide information 
necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to 
view the Internet sites.  Furthermore, we caution reviewers that their 
anonymity may be compromised when they directly access an Internet 

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010:  The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to 
achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of 
"Healthy People 2010", a PHS-led national activity for setting priority 
areas.  This PA is related to one or more of the priority areas.  
Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at 

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS: This program is described in the Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance No. 93.121, 93.172, 93.173, 93.233, 
39.272,, 93.306, 93.361, 93.398, 93.821, 93.837-93.839, 
93.846-93.849, 93.853-93.856, 93.859, 93.862-93.867, 93.880, 93.894, 
and 93.929, and is not subject to the intergovernmental review 
requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.  
NRSA awards are made under the authority of Section 487 of the Public 
Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 288) and Title 42 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, Part 66.  Fellowships must be administered in 
accordance with the current NRSA Guidelines for Individual Awards and 
Institutional Grants, the current NIH Grants Policy Statement, and any 
terms and conditions specified on the Notice of Research Fellowship 

The PHS strongly encourages all grant recipients to provide a smoke-
free workplace and discourage the use of all tobacco products.  In 
addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits 
smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of a 
facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, 
health care or early childhood development services are provided to 
children.  This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and 
advance the physical and mental health of the American People.

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