NIH NRSA F Series Fellowship Funding Opportunities
October 24, 2013
Topics
• Eligibility
• Deadlines
• Application Package
• Internal Requirements
• Tips
Eligibility
Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Fellowships (NRSA: F30/F31/F32/F33)
http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm
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These fellowships are awarded to qualified individuals at the predoctoral,
postdoctoral, or senior investigator level to pursue full-time research training in
designated biomedical or behavioral science areas.
By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of
the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e.,
possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other
legal verification of such status).
Deadlines
Activity Codes
Program
Description
F Series
Fellowships
new, renewal,
resubmission
Individual
National
Research
Service Awards
(Standard)
(see NRSA
Training Page)
F31 Diversity
Fellowships
new, renewal,
resubmission
Individual
Predoctoral
Fellowships (F31)
to Promote
Diversity in
Health-Related
Research (see
NRSA Training Page)
Application
Form
SF424
(R&R)
SF424
(R&R)
Cycle I
Due Date
Cycle II
Due Date
Cycle III
Due Date
April 8
August 8
December 8
April 13
August 13
December 13
Activity Code
Category
Title
Individual Predoctoral
NRSA for M.D./Ph.D.
Fellowships (ADAMHA)
F30
Fellowship
Programs
F31
Fellowship
Programs
Predoctoral Individual
National Research Service
Award
F32
Fellowship
Programs
Postdoctoral Individual
National Research Service
Award
F33
Fellowship
Programs
National Research Service
Awards for Senior Fellows
Description
Individual fellowships for predoctoral
training which leads to the combined
M.D./Ph.D. degrees.
To provide predoctoral individuals with
supervised research training in specified
health and health-related areas leading
toward the research degree (e.g., Ph.D.).
To provide postdoctoral research training
to individuals to broaden their scientific
background and extend their potential for
research in specified health-related areas.
To provide opportunities for experienced
scientists to make major changes in the
direction of research careers, to broaden
scientific background, to acquire new
research capabilities, to enlarge command
of an allied research field, or to take time
from regular professional responsibilities
for the purpose of increasing capabilities
to engage in health-related research.
http://grants.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm
Resources
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Application Package
http://grants.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm
Download application package
Work with your college grants office on this task
Application Package
 The Grant Application Package is one PDF file
 Forms have data fields and attachments
 A few words about PDF…
 Attachments required to be PDF
 No spaces, characters, etc. in filename
 Less than 50 character filename
 Use a “one word” format: e.g., SpecificAims.pdf,
JonesBiosketch.pdf, SmithResearchPlan.pdf
 For word separation use underscore (example:
“My_Attached_File.pdf ”) in naming the attachments.
 Convert to PDF (do not scan)
 Don’t add extra security to your PDF!
 Always check the instructions!
Format Specs
for PDF Attachments
 Font
 Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia
 11 pt font or larger
 Margins (8.5 x 11 paper)
 ½ inch margins all around
 No Headers or Footers
 Figures, Graphs, Charts, etc.
 Can be smaller font
 Must be black font, clear and legible
 No Jargon
For all
Fellowship (F) Applications
Section of Application
Page Limits
(if different from FOA,
FOA supersedes)
Introduction to Resubmission or Revision
Application (when applicable)
1
Specific Aims
1
Research Strategy
6
Respective Contributions
1
Selection of Sponsor and Institution
1
Responsible Conduct of Research
1
Applications for Concurrent Support (when
applicable)
1
Goals for Fellowship Training and Career
1
Activities Planned Under This Award
1
Doctoral Dissertation and Other Research
Experience
2
Sponsor(s) and Co-Sponsor(s)
6
Biographical Sketch
4
Stipend Levels
Career Level
Predoctoral
Postdoctoral
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Years of
Experience
Stipend for FY
2012
All
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7 or More
$22,032
$39,264
$41,364
$44,340
$46,092
$47,820
$49,884
$51,582
$54,180
Budget Information
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Stipend Level for FY 2012: $22,032
Tuition and Fees: An amount equal to 60% of the level
requested by the applicant institution, up to $16,000 per
year.
Institutional Allowance for Individual Fellows (To help
defray the cost of fellowship expenses such as health
insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel
to scientific meetings)::
• Predoctoral - $4,200
• Postdoctoral -$7,850
No F&A Costs to University.
References
• At least three references (and not more than five)
are required
• Include this list in your cover letter
names, degrees, and affiliations of the referees
• Select referees carefully
• Your Mentor CANNOT be a reference;
their recommendation is included as part of the application (on the PHS
Fellowship Supplemental Form).
• Please note that the specified Fellowship
Reference Form must be used.
• Reference letters are submitted directly through
the eRA Commons Referee Information link and
not through Grants.gov.
Letters of reference are due by the application
receipt deadline date – no grace period!
Referees Log Into:
commons.era.nih.gov
Then Click on “Submit Reference Letter
Reference form
1. Referee enters their
information (they do not
need a Commons
username)
EXAMPLE
SMITH.JOHN
SMITH
PA-11-111
2. Referee enters information
about YOU – be sure they
have this information
Responsible Conduct of
Research (RCR)
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NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support
through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional),
research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in
responsible conduct of research.
This Notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32,
F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25,
K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37,
T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.
This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research
training, career development, or research education that require instruction in
responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity
announcements.
Subject Matter
 conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial
 policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in
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research, and safe laboratory practices
mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
collaborative research including collaborations with industry
peer review
data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and
ownership
research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
responsible authorship and publication
the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical
issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal
impacts of scientific research
Format & Frequency
 Online instruction and “Substantial face-to-face discussions” (at least 8
hours)
 Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage,
and at a frequency of no less than once every four years.
 Individuals at the early career investigator level (including mentored K
awardees and K12 scholars) must receive instruction in responsible
conduct of research at least once during this career stage.
 Senior fellows and career award recipients (including F33, K02, K05,
and K24 awardees) may fulfill the requirement for instruction in
responsible conduct of research by participating as lecturers and discussion
leaders.
How we can help
 Template language for proposals
 Teaching resources
 Documentation form template
www.clemson.edu/research/compliance/integrity/resources.html
 Online modules and workshops
www.clemson.edu/research/compliance/integrity/training.html
Questions? Suggestions?
Tracy Arwood - [email protected]
Cathy Welton - [email protected]
Office of Research Compliance
223 Brackett
656-1525
Internal Requirements
 Visit your college grants office first
 Clemson Sponsored Programs Certification
http://www.clemson.edu/research/sponsored/picertification.html
 This must be completed prior to submission of the proposal
 Obtain an eRA Commons user name
http://www.clemson.edu/research/sponsored/proposal/index.html
• This must be completed prior to submission of the proposal
 PHS Conflict of Interest
http://www.clemson.edu/research/conflict-of-interest/
 This must be completed prior to submission of the proposal
 Proposal Processing Form (approval from you department and
college)
http://www.clemson.edu/research/sponsored/forms.html
Overview of Submission Process
Investigator
• Downloads &
completes
application
• Completes PPF
Grants.gov
OSP
• Reviews
application
(may suggest
some
modifications)
• Routes to
• Submits
college Office of
application to
Sponsored
Grants.gov
Programs
• Performs
cursory
electronic
review
• Sends 3 emails
Received
2. Validated or
Rejected
3. Agency
Retrieval
1.
• Upon validation,
notifies Sponsor
Sponsor (NIH)
• Retrieves
application from
Grants.gov
• Sends email to
IR: Validations
Complete/Check
assembled
application (or
ACTION
REQUIRED).
Tips from F Series
Recipients
Prep/General:
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Start early! Give yourself enough time to get feedback from others. It’s also nice to give yourself
a few days break, then come back and reread your proposal before submission.
Contact the PO at the institute you are applying through to see if they interested in funding your
topic area. Topic areas of funding interest are usually listed on the institutes’ websites; however, it
does not hurt you to directly contact your PO!
Find out what your institution’s submission deadlines are (these are usually earlier than the NIH
deadlines). Be nice to your grants officers and submit early!
If you know grad students who have been funded, ask if they would let you have a copy of their
proposal.
Tips from F Series
Recipients
Prep/General:
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Discuss the training plan with your advisor, making it as comprehensive as possible. Don’t forget
about opportunities to present your work (conferences, departmental seminars, etc.) in addition
to scholarly activities like journal clubs and visiting seminars.
Understand the review process and know what reviewers are looking for, and then give it to
them in clear, plain language.You want to make it easy for a reviewer to like your proposal.
Expect to write your own training plan and possibly your letters of support. This is common and
will give you good practice!
Few proposals are funded on the first round. If yours is not but still receives a good score, take
the review seriously – your chances to be funded on a resubmission for F-awards are good!
Tips from F Series
Recipients
Scientific Proposal:
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Start by developing a logically sound outline. It’s a waste of time to write pages of science
that don’t make sense, only having to significantly revise or start over later.
In reality, only your primary reviewer is going to read your entire proposal thoroughly.
Reviewers 2 and 3 will all likely read your specific aims, so make them immaculate!
Reviewers enjoy reading shorter proposals. If you don’t need to fill the entire page limit
to appropriately describe your science, don’t!
Tips from F Series
Recipients
Review:
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Find other grad students willing to read and critique your work.
Have another faculty member (outside your research area, if possible) read through for
logic. If someone outside the field cannot grasp the general concept, revise so the overall
importance of your research is obvious.
Pay attention to the nitpicky formatting details. This seems like a small point, but nobody
wants to read a messy proposal.
Questions?
Thank you!
Diana Thrasher – [email protected]
Office of Sponsored Programs
300 Brackett Hall
864-656-6444