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  • 1. NIH F Applications and You Steps for BGS students applying for individual predoctoral NRSAs* *Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
  • 2. Reasons to apply
    • Helps jump start dissertation research
    • Grant writing experience is valuable
    • Great award/honor on your CV
    • ~$2,750 for lab supplies, travel
    • Benefits mentor: frees up research grant funds for other uses
  • 3. 3 types of indiv. predoc. NRSAs
    • F30: for MD/PhD and other CDs
    • F31: to promote Diversity
    • F31: for Dissertation research related to particular institutes of NIH
  • 4. F30 MD/PhD, VMD/PhD, etc.
    • Up to 6 years of support, excluding other NRSA (e.g., MSTP or other TG) support
    • Ideal time to apply: upon picking thesis lab
    • Note that not all institutes participate; check the list to see if any are relevant to your research
    • Deadlines: 4/8, 8/8, 12/8
  • 5. F30 Participating Institutes
    • National Institute on Aging (NIA), ( http:// www.nia.nih.gov / ) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ( http:// www.niaaa.nih.gov ) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), ( http:// www.nidcd.nih.gov ) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), ( http:// www.nidcr.nih.gov / )  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), ( http:// www.niddk.nih.gov ) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), ( http:// www.nida.nih.gov ) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH), ( http:// www.niehs.nih.gov ) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ( http:// www.nimh.nih.gov ) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), ( http:// www.ninds.nih.gov ) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), ( http:// ods.od.nih.gov )
    • National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) has its own F30 Program Announcement:
    • http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-232.html
  • 6. F31 Diversity
    • Up to 5 years of support, excluding other NRSA support (from training grants)
    • Ideal time to apply: once you have identified your research interests, can be as early as your first year
    • Virtually all NIH institutes participate
    • Deadlines: 4/13, 8/13, 12/13
  • 7. F31 Diversity Participating Insts.
    • National Cancer Institute (NCI), ( http:// www.nci.nih.gov / ) National Eye Institute (NEI), ( http:// www.nei.nih.gov / ) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), ( http:// www.nhlbi.nih.gov ) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), ( http:// www.nhgri.nih.gov / ) National Institute on Aging (NIA), ( http:// www.nia.nih.gov / ) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ( http:// www.niaaa.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), ( http:// www.niaid.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), ( http:// www.niams.nih.gov / ) National Inst. of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), ( http:// www.nibib.nih.gov / ) National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), ( http:// www.nichd.nih.gov / ) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), ( http:// www.nidcd.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), ( http:// www.nidcr.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), ( http:// www.niddk.nih.gov / ) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), ( http:// www.nida.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), ( http:// www.niehs.nih.gov ) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), ( http:// www.nigms.nih.gov ) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ( http:// www.nimh.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), ( http:// www.ninds.nih.gov / ) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), ( http:// www.ninr.nih.gov / ) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), ( http:// www.nccam.nih.gov / ) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), ( http:// www.ncrr.nih.gov / ) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), ( http:// www.ods.od.nih.gov )
  • 8. F31 Dissertation
    • Up to 5 years of support
    • Ideal time to apply: after starting dissertation research
    • Note that not all institutes participate; check the list to see if any are relevant to your research (most BGS students with these awards are NGG or PHRM)
    • Deadlines: 4/8, 8/8, 12/8
  • 9. F31 Dissertation Participating Insts.
    • National Institute on Aging (NIA),  http:// www.nia.nih.gov /   National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),  http:// www.niaaa.nih.gov National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD),  http:// www.nidcd.nih.gov / National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  http:// www.nidcr.nih.gov / National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),   http:// www.nida.nih.gov / National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),   http:// www.nimh.nih.gov National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),  http:// www.ninds.nih.gov National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM),  http:// www.nccam.nih.gov Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS),  http:// ods.od.nih.gov /
  • 10. Application Info & Resources
    • F Kiosk: http:// grants.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm
    • Select appropriate F30 or F31 program announcement here
    • SF424 (R&R): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_Fellowship.pdf
      • Individual Fellowship Application Guide
    • Forms:
      • Marianne (below) will send you a partially pre-populated pdf to complete
      • For fellowship-specific biosketch and reference form, go to: http:// grants.nih.gov /grants/forms
    • Marianne Williams, Finance Office
    • -- for BGS, MD-PhD, and VMD-PhD students
    • [email_address]
  • 11. General
      • All done via eRA Commons of Grants.gov
      • Contact Marianne to set up your account
      • Marianne will fill out basics of the forms for you, e.g., budget, previous NRSA support, etc.
      • Although electronic submission began in 2009, successful NRSA applicants from before 2009 are available for general advice; contact the Graduate Student Center or Marianne for student mentors
      • Your advisor and graduate group chair (and CD director if applicable) are great resources
  • 12. Identifying the institute
    • Determine which institute(s) of NIH is the best fit for your project (discuss this with your PI)
    • Contact the fellowship program officer at the institute(s) by phone to discuss your proposal and how it might fit with the institute’s scientific goals; see numbers on p. I-3 of the Application Guide
    • Prepare a cover letter to be submitted with your proposal that refers to the conversation and the program officer by name (part of “Other Attachments”)
  • 13. Once you have your partially-completed forms from Marianne
    • Complete the highlighted sections; ask Marianne if you have any questions
    • Note that YOU are the PI; enter your name, contact info., and use special fellowship biosketch
    • Your mentor is the Senior/Key Person 1, aka Sponsor; enter his/her info. and biosketch
    • If your mentor is a junior faculty member, you might benefit from a Co-Sponsor (a tenured faculty member with relevant research and training experience)
  • 14. Research Training Plan
    • 10 page limit, including figures, charts, tables, and diagrams: combine sections before uploading to monitor length
    • Pay close attention to instructions on font, headers (none), page numbers (none), etc.
    • Get early input from advisor & GG chair!
      • 1. Intro (resubmissions only)
      • 2. Specific Aims
      • 3. Background and Significance
      • 4. Preliminary Studies/Progress Report
      • 5. Research Design & Methods
  • 15. Other Components
      • Human Subjects (Y/N): From Mentor
      • Vertebrate Animals (Y/N): From Mentor
      • Resource Sharing Plan: From Mentor
      • Respective Contributions: See sample on next page
      • Selection of Sponsor and Institution: Write a paragraph on each
      • Responsible Conduct of Research:
      • Finance Office provides latest BGS version
  • 16. Respective Contributions - sample
    • RESPECTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS
    • This proposal is an extension of my candidacy exam. I am primarily responsible for the ideas and experiments outlined in this document. Through discussions with my sponsor, Dr. __________, I was able to focus my hypothesis and refine my experimental approach to maximize feasibility. I prepared this document independently but consulted with Dr. ____ for suggestions before finalizing the proposal. Figure 2 is the work of a former undergraduate student, ____ . I will perform the described experiments independently. I will seek guidance from Dr. ____ when interpreting data and troubleshooting experiments.
  • 17. Candidate Information
        • Degree Sought and Field of Training
        • Current/Prior NRSA Support: Finance Office provides
        • Applications for Concurrent Support (Y/N)
        • Goals for Fellowship Training [Attach]: S ee instructions; up to 2 page; make sure goals relate to institute’s goals
        • Activities Planned Under Award [Attach]: Brief table, usually indicating 100% research
        • Doctoral Diss/Research Exper [Attach]: Important to describe previous research experience, including rotations, as well as dissertation info.; see instructions; up to 2 pages
  • 18. Other Components
    • Budget:
      • Finance Office will provide
    • Appendix:
    • Optional – not clear what if anything needs to be provided here for F applications
  • 19. Research & Related
    • Project/Performance Site Location(s):
      • Use your lab address
    • Other Project Information: See instructions
      • Misc. Y/N Questions
      • Project Summary/Abstract [Attach]
      • Project Narrative [Attach]
      • Bibliography & References Cited [Attach]
      • Other Attachments: See next slide
  • 20. Research & Related, Cont.
    • Other Project Information, Cont.
      • Other Attachments
        • Sponsor Page (Details on Next Slide)
        • Cover letter requesting assignment [Attach]
        • List of Referees [Attach]
        • Training Potential [Attach]
        • Additional Education Info. [Attach]:
          • Any grades or test scores not listed on biosketch
  • 21. Sponsor
    • Sponsor Page of “Other Attachments”
      • Research Support Available [Attach]
      • Previous Trainees [Attach]
      • Training Plan, Environment & Research Facilities [Attach]
      • # of Trainees Supervised During Fellowship [Attach]
      • Applicant’s Qualifications and Potential for Research Career [Attach]
  • 22. Additional “Other Attachments”
    • If a Diversity applicant, letter from BGS Director [Attach]
    • If an F30 applicant, statement on institutional environment and commitment to training
    • (Skip Brass letter available from MD/PhD office)
  • 23. Letters of Recommendation (3-5)
    • NOT mentor/sponsor (since s/he writes statement about your qualifications in the grant)
    • Usually the graduate group chair, CD head and/or program chair (if applicable), rotation advisor, thesis committee member, or faculty research collaborator
    • Must use fellowship-specific form and be submitted electronically
    • https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/reference/submitRefereeInformation.jsp
  • 24. Steps to Take
    • ≥ 30 days prior to deadline:
      • Contact Finance Office, [email_address]
      • Provide sponsor with link and forms; graduate group chair can help with info. about training
      • Get 3 referees on board; make sure they use the required form
    • ≥ 10 days prior to deadline:
      • Complete your forms & attachments
      • Have your advisor review application
    • ≥ 3 days prior to deadline:
      • Everything in final form for Univ. review
  • 25. Grant Application Package
  • 26. Application Page 1
  • 27. Application Page 2
  • 28. RESEARCH & RELATED: Senior Key Person Profile (Expanded)
  • 29. PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form
  • 30. PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, cont.
  • 31. PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, Cont.
  • 32. RESEARCH & RELATED: Project/ Performance Site Location(s)
  • 33. RESEARCH & RELATED Other Project Information
  • 34. 11. Other Attachments, detail