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National Research Service Awards

Fellowship award mechanisms are available to individuals at various stages of their education and scientific career who desire further research training in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Opportunities are also available to institutions wishing to offer research traineeships to predoctoral and/or postdoctoral individuals.

For information on individual NIDCD National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowships, including application forms and detailed instructions, see the NIDCD Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions. The NIH Office of Extramural Research has also developed an NIH Research Training page.

The NIDCD strongly encourages applicants to send an email to Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D., NIDCD’s Research Training Officer, before preparing an application. Include a biosketch in NIH format along with a brief description of the project, including the aims (1 page), the population that will be studied (as applicable), and the name of your mentor(s). In addition, applicants must include a statement on how the proposed project fits our strategic plan and our research areas, and how the project will contribute to our mission. After the NIDCD evaluates the information provided, applicants will be informed if the project fits NIDCD requirements and will be accepted through the FOA process.

The following NIDCD research training grants are described below:

For specific guidelines applicable to the fellowship programs above, see the following:

F30 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)

The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. NRSA fellowships support the training of pre- and postdoctoral scientists, dual-degree investigators, and senior researchers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support students at institutions without NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. In a companion FOA (PA-16-305), the NIH is also seeking F30 applications from students at institutions with NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs; the NIDCD, as of September 2016, is also participating in this second FOA.

There is a critical need for physician-scientists and other clinician-scientists to investigate human health and disease through rigorous research. The complexity of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical science poses a challenge in the integration of research training into the standard course of study at most medical schools and other health professional schools. To address this challenge, a variety of programs have been developed to combine training for the M.D. or other health professional degrees (e.g., Au.D.) with extensive research experience leading to a second, advanced degree. It is expected that individuals who are both physicians/clinicians and highly trained scientists will play a vital role in advancing knowledge across the full spectrum of health-related research.

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (F30) is to support highly promising predoctoral students who are matriculated in a combined M.D./Ph.D. or other dual-doctoral degree training program (e.g., Au.D./Ph.D.) during their mentored dissertation research training and clinical training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors. This program thus contributes to efforts to increase the pool of highly trained physician/clinician-scientists in the biomedical research workforce.

The NIDCD invites applications for this FOA. This initiative is designed to increase the number of clinician-scientists trained to conduct basic, translational, and clinical research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged during the early stages of preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. Eligibility is limited to institutions without NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. See the FOA for additional eligibility information.

Standard application submission dates apply. All applications must be submitted electronically.

F30 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship for Students at Institutions With NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support students at institutions with NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. In a companion FOA (PA-16-306), NIH is also seeking F30 applications from students at institutions without NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. The intent of this two-FOA approach is to ensure equitable review of applications from these two kinds of institutions, as well as better tracking of fellowship awardees’ future progress in establishing independent careers as physician/clinician-scientists.

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA, dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship (F30) is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined M.D./Ph.D. or other dual-doctoral degree training program (e.g., DO/Ph.D., DDS/Ph.D., Au.D./Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D.), and who intend careers as physician/clinician-scientists. Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The fellowship experience is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent physician/clinician-scientist.

Because of the difference in individual Institute and Center (IC) program requirements for this FOA, prospective applications must consult the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts, to make sure that their application is responsive to the requirements of one of the participating NIH ICs. Prior consultation with NIH staff is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility and Requirements. Eligibility is limited to institutions with NIH-funded institutional predoctoral dual-degree training programs. See the FOA for additional eligibility information.

Standard application submission dates apply. All applications must be submitted electronically.

F31 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

The objective of the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research relevant to the missions of the participating NIH institutes during the tenure of the award. The NRSA program provides up to five years of support for research training that leads to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. NIDCD F31 awards are typically two to three years in duration.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged during the early stages of preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Submission dates are April 8, August 8, and December 8. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA (Fellowship) awards provide a stipend, partial support for tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

F31 Diversity Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

This program provides up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree. The program's intent is to increase the number of scientists from diverse population groups, including racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are prepared to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, clinical, or health services research.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged prior to preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Submission dates are April 13, August 13, and December 13. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA (Fellowship) awards provide a stipend, partial support for tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

F32 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Fellowships)

This award for individual postdoctoral fellows offers basic and clinical scientists the opportunity to receive full-time postdoctoral research training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences within the NIDCD mission.

The NIDCD’s Scientific Review Branch conducts the initial peer review of applications for this fellowship program, based on an expedited schedule of four to five months from submission to award. Consultation with the NIDCD research training officer is strongly encouraged prior to preparing an application; see the funding opportunity announcement for contact information.

Eligibility and Requirements. An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Submission dates are April 8, August 8, and December 8. All applications must be submitted electronically. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the Program Announcement.

Scope of Support. Individual NRSA awards provide a stipend, partial support of tuition and fees, and an institutional allowance.

F32 Awards: NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists

The purpose of the NIDCD Research Dissertation Fellowship for Au.D. Audiologists (F32) program is to support a comprehensive, rigorous biomedical research training, and dissertation research leading to a research doctorate (i.e., Ph.D.) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. The program will enable promising Au.D. holders to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. Applicants are expected to propose a dissertation research project and training plan in scientific health-related fields relevant to the mission of the NIDCD.

Eligibility and Requirements. By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award and must show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences, and commitment to a career as an independent research scientist.

The applicant must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. Before activation of the award, the individual must have received an Au.D. doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. at the applicant institution.

Standard application dates apply. Application forms and instructions are obtained through the funding opportunity announcement.

Scope of Support. Award budgets are composed of stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance, as described in the program announcement.

Individuals may receive up to 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level (up to 6 years for dual degree training, e.g., MD/PhD), and up to 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (e.g., T32) and an individual fellowship award.

T32 Awards: Institutional National Research Service Awards (Training Grants)

Institutional National Research Service Awards (training grants) are awarded to nonprofit, private, or public institutions in the U.S. to provide support for research training programs for predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees, or both types of trainees in the basic, behavioral, and/or clinical communication sciences. In addition, short-term traineeships for health professional students can be incorporated into the training program. Trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis.

Eligibility and Requirements. The Program Director should be an established researcher capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership for development and implementation of the proposed research training program. Such an individual is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency at the time of appointment. Persons on temporary or student visas are ineligible. The applicant institution must have the facilities and resources required for the proposed program. Institutional training grants may not support study leading to health professional degrees (but may support an integrated dual health professional-research degree program), nor may they support postgraduate clinical training.

T35 Awards: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants

These awards enable eligible institutions to provide intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools, typically during the summer, under the mentorship of experienced researchers. The NIDCD uses this award mechanism to establish a network of short-term training programs at institutions conducting federally-funded research on hearing. These awards provide students in professional doctoral programs in audiology (leading to the Au.D. degree) with hands-on exposure to clinical or translational research in the hearing sciences. During the short-term period of appointment, trainees are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis.

Eligibility and Requirements. The Program Director should be an established hearing researcher capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership for development and implementation of the proposed short-term research training program. Such an individual is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency at the time of appointment. Persons on temporary or student visas are ineligible. The applicant institution must have the facilities and resources required for the proposed program.

Last Updated Date: 
October 13, 2016