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The NINDS supports two types of T32 Institutional Training Grants: 1) The NINDS Institutional Research Training Grant Program, and 2) The Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN).
The Guide for Understanding NINDS Institutional Training Grant (T32) Application and Their Review provides general information about all NINDS T32 programs. T32 programs at NINDS also have a very important role to play in expanding the diversity of the workforce. The Role of NINDS T32 Programs in Training a Diverse Workforce Guide explains NINDS expectations for T32 programs with regard to diversity issues and also provides information about opportunities available to T32 programs that can aid in diversity recruitment and retention.
This training program will support advanced predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. All applications to this program should have a central focus or a theme. The theme may be as broad or as narrow as deemed appropriate by the applicant institution, but should be more focused than, for example, "training in neuroscience." Funds should be used to support novel and/or expanded training experiences and activities, rather than to simply support trainees to conduct research. As in the past, a portion of NINDS training grants may be reserved for clinical research training projects or projects focused on a particular disorder or group of disorders.
Awards will typically be made for a maximum of 4 trainee slots per year, although an exception may be made in rare circumstances for up to 8 slots. Those interested in applying for more than 4 slots of support per year are advised to contact the Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity. Applicants may request support for advanced (dissertation stage) predoctoral Ph.D. and M.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, or a mix of both. (NINDS does not support 1st or 2nd year graduate students under this PAR). Applications must specify the anticipated predoctoral to postdoctoral ratio. After a training grant has been awarded, T32 directors who wish to make changes in this ratio must obtain prior approval of the Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity. If the original application requested support exclusively for either pre-doctoral or postdoctoral trainees, the general policy will be to not allow trainees in another category to receive support (as such support has not been through the peer review process). However, exceptions are possible and will require that additional information be provided for administrative review and prior approval.
All TRE should be used only for the direct benefit of the trainees supported on the training grant; no one other than trainees should receive either salary or travel support. Support for others is something NIH permits for T32s, as some T32s have 30-50 slots. However, NINDS T32s generally have 4 slots, sometimes a maximum of 8. Neither PI nor admin support should be necessary for such a small program - it is expected that institutional commitment will cover this.
For an expanded explanation of NINDS policies for this program, please refer to NOT-NS-09-003.
List of currently active Institutional T32 programs
This training program supports only predoctoral students, during the first two years in a PHD program. It cannot be used to support students who have passed candidacy for the PHD. The program is jointly sponsored by NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDA, NIGMS, NIMH, and NINDS. The aim of this program is to encourage broad research exposure in the neurosciences to students in the early stage of their predoctoral training. If you are interested in applying to this program, please see additional information and list of currently active JSPTPN T32 programs on the JSPTPN website.
The NINDS currently participates in the following programs:
Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (NSADA) (Terminated)
The Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (NSADA) (K12) is an award to an educational institution or professional organization to facilitate and support career development experiences for pediatric neurologists leading to research independence. This is a continuation of the original NSADA program, which was initiated by NINDS in October 1992. Under this award, newly trained pediatric neurologists are to be selected and appointed to this program by the grantee institution. It is expected that individuals appointed to the NSADA program will subsequently apply for their own Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08), the Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award (K23), an NINDS Research Scientist Development Award (K02) or an R01, to continue their research training (see "Research Objectives")
The NSADA has been replaced by the Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP). The CNCDP will support a national effort for mentored career development and training of child neurologists at institutions nationwide that support research relevant to the mission of NINDS. The goal of this program is to increase the cadre of child neurologists trained to conduct outstanding research into neurological disorders of children, taking advantage of their clinical training and expertise. This research career development program should promote high quality, novel, creative research and innovative investigation by this cohort of individuals who possess unique clinical knowledge and experience. As a result of training and career development activities in this program, highly skilled individuals should be prepared to develop a successful, individual, well-funded research program, which they will combine with their clinical career to advance the understanding and treatment of neurological disorders of children and neonates.
Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP)
The Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) (K12) is an award to an educational institution or professional organization to facilitate and support a national program of mentored advanced research career development for junior neurosurgeon faculty at institutions nationwide that support neurological research. The goal of the program is to increase the cadre of neurosurgeon investigators trained to conduct research into neurological disorders, making use of their neurosurgical training. This research career development program should promote high quality, novel, creative research and innovative investigation by this cohort of individuals who possess unique clinical and research skills. As a result of training in this program, highly skilled neurosurgeons should be prepared to develop a successful, independent, well-funded research program, which they will combine with their clinical neurosurgery career to advance the understanding and treatment of neurological disorders. This FOA will fund, up to a maximum of 5 years, the administration and infrastructure of one NRCDP. It uses the K12 Career Development mechanism, to be overseen by a national cohort of renowned basic and clinical investigators, to support the career development of neurosurgeon-researchers at institutions around the country).
The NINDS currently offers in the following five R25 programs:
PAR-13-256 NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce
The goal is to support NINDS mission relevant programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers (participation is limited to graduate, post-doctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels only); and (2) facilitate career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers. The first receipt date is Jan 25, 2014 – applications are only accepted once a year.
RFA-NS-14-010 Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences
The purpose of the program is to encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter Ph.D. degree programs in the neurosciences.
PAR-13-384 NINDS Research Education Programs for Residents and Fellows in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology and Emergency Medicine
The purpose of the program is to support the development and/or implementation of programs that relate to research education and training of clinical residents and fellows to foster careers as physician-scientists.
2011 - NIH Program Announcement: RFA-NS-12-003
2009 - NIH Program Announcement: RFA-NS-10-002
2008 - NIH Program Announcement: RFA-NS-09-001
This research education program supports neuroscience research education programs in all areas (basic, clinical and translational) that will significantly advance the mission of NINDS. Programs of interest to NINDS will be designed to include participants drawn from a national audience (programs intended for a local or regional audience are not appropriate for this announcement). Programs must provide a critical educational experience not already available at a local or national level. Such research education programs might include courses that bring together national and international leaders in a field, or multiple fields, to provide intellectual, technical, theoretical and/or practical knowledge to trainees, to promote the conduct of cutting edge scientific inquiry. Alternatively, research education programs might include narrowly focused courses that provide an in-depth understanding of, and practical experience with, a research process, such as that required for a technology-driven research area, clinical trial design or pre-clinical, translational research. Regardless of focus, it is anticipated that programs submitted to this FOA will involve hands-on, practical experience as significant part of the program. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss potential programs with the NINDS Director of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity.
The NIH Summer Research Experience Program is an award to provide high quality research experience for students during the summer academic break. Programs that specifically provide opportunities for members of diversity groups and students who might not otherwise have access to outstanding laboratory experiences may be given priority.
Last Modified August 2, 2016