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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants

Purpose of the Award

  • The NRSA program has been the primary means of supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs since enactment of the NRSA legislation in 1974.
    • To provide short-term research training experiences for predoctoral and postdoctoral level individuals interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical research.
    • Most (but not all) T35 programs support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during breaks in the clinical degree program, or during elective time.(see specific funding opportunity).
    • Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants may also be used to support other types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging scientific areas.


  • The Training PD/PI must:
    • describe past research training activities and experience as well as those of the program faculty (mentors).
    • document the retention of former trainees in research, the extent to which they pursue subsequent and more in-depth research training, and, in the long term, research careers.
  • 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


  • The proposed training must be in basic, behavioral or clinical research aspects of the health-related sciences, and 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.
  • 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.

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