Starting with the April 8, 2014 receipt date, NINDS will use the F30 NRSA mechanism to support students in combined MD-PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training programs. Peer review will be done by the NST-2 NINDS review group. The evaluation is described in detail in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). At NINDS, emphasis in review will be placed on the quality of the research being done in the chosen lab, the creativity of the applicant’s proposed research project, the career development/training plan, the training track record of the mentorship team, the quality of the individualized mentoring/training plan for the applicant, and the availability of research funds to conduct the project. While it is expected that the applicant will work with the mentor in the development of the application, the applicant should write an original research plan consistent with the mentor’s funded research.
NINDS will hold strictly to the eligibility requirements described in the FOA. Applicants must be within the first 48 months of their entire dual degree program to submit an initial (A0) application. However, for the August 8, 2014 receipt date, this window of eligibility has been extended (NOT-OD-14-072). NINDS will not provide funding to applicants beyond the 8th year in a dual degree program and will hold strictly to the requirement that at least 50% of the funding be for support of research leading to the research doctorate. For awards to be made, applications must clearly indicate the timeline of the entire dual degree program, and the portion of that program for which the award is requested. Should the awardee’s timeline change following submission of the application, the award will be adjusted as needed to maintain the minimum 50% predoctoral research requirement.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the NINDS Training Office before preparing an application, as NINDS will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of scientists with interests relevant to the mission of NINDS.
The F31 Individual NRSA for MD-PhD students will continue to be available for the April 8, 2014 receipt date (NOT-NS-14-018). After April 8, 2014, NINDS will accept resubmission (A1) F31 applications for the August 8, 2014 and December 8, 2014 receipt dates. Thus, starting with the August 8, 2014 receipt date, all new dual degree NRSA applications must use the F30 mechanism. The last receipt date for which the F31 mechanism can be used for resubmissions is December 8, 2014. Please see this link for a brief discussion of how to choose between the F30 and F31.
F31 fellowships will support students for up to 5 years of predoctoral research training. This mechanism does not support medical school education. Applicants must have identified a lab, mentor(s) and a research project; however, preliminary data and/or publications from the graduate lab are not required for a competitive application. Peer review evaluation is described in detail in the funding opportunity announcement. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research being done in the chosen lab, the creativity of the applicant’s proposed research project, the career development/training plan and the training track record of the mentorship team.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the NINDS Training Office before preparing an application, as NINDS will consider only those applications that are designed to support the training and development of scientists with interests relevant to the mission of NINDS. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an MD program at an accredited medical school, accepted in a related scientific PhD program, and supervised by a mentor in that scientific discipline when the application is submitted.
NINDS provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral training fellowships (F31) to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in the scientific mission areas of the Institute. NINDS uses this mechanism to support the career development of neuroscientists (some rare exceptions apply), so the applicant must propose dissertation research in an area within the scientific mission of the NINDS and a training program appropriate for a career in neuroscience research. The mentor should be committed to the successful transition of the applicant to a subsequent appropriate position, have a strong track record in training, and have an active, funded research program in the area of the applicant's proposed research. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NINDS Training Office before preparation of an application to determine whether their proposed training and research falls within the NINDS mission. This program will provide predoctoral training support for doctoral candidates who are within their first 6 years of graduate school, have or will have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations or the equivalent by the time of award, and will be performing dissertation research and training. Support will be provided for a maximum of 3 years and a minimum of 12 months. The applicant should provide evidence of potential for a productive research career based upon the quality of previous research training and academic record. The research training program should be carried out in a research environment that includes appropriate human and technical resources and is demonstrably committed to the research training of the applicant in the program he/she proposes in the application.
NINDS provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) training fellowships to outstanding predoctoral candidates from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The intent of this program is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Award recipients will receive up to five years of research training leading to a PhD. or equivalent research degree, a combined MD-PhD. degree, or another formally combined professional and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences who are within their first 6 years of graduate school. Support is NOT available for individuals enrolled in medical or other professional schools UNLESS they are enrolled in a combined professional doctorate/PhD degree program in biomedical or behavioral research. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Michelle Jones-London, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Last updated January 5, 2015