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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants

Purpose of the Award

  • Prepares qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation
  • Primary means to support predoctoral and postdoctoral research training to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agenda


  • Should describe the basic science department’s contribution to the research training experience and indicate whether both health professional trainees and trainees with research doctorates will be included in the program
  • New: NOT-OD-20-033
    • Program Plan section – describes provision of training in rigorous research design, relevant data science, and quantitative approaches
    • Applicants must include Plan for Instruction in Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility attachment
    • Progress Report attachment for renewal applications page limits:
      • Five pages for program overview
      • One page for each appointee to the grant
    •  Minor modifications to the data elements in the data tables
  • Each full-time predoctoral or postdoctoral NRSA appointed trainee is eligible to receive $2,500 per budget period for childcare costs provided by a licensed childcare provider. Childcare costs are permitted for dependent children living in the eligible trainee’s home ages 12 and below, or children who are disabled and under age 18. Please see NOT-OD-21-177 for additional information.


  • Training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission
  • Attention must be given to recruiting trainees from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Career outcomes of trainees include 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 should make available structured, career development advising and learning opportunities (e.g., workshops, discussions, Individual Development Plans).


  • The NRSA program has been the primary means of supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs since enactment of the NRSA legislation in 1974.
  • Programs solely for short-term research training should not apply to this announcement.

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