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T32 - Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA)


New For guidance on Diversity Recruitment and Retention plans, please see the NIH Office of Extramural Research website and the NIGMS Diversity website.

New For information on new requirements for Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), see NOT-OD-10-019.



The NINDS supports two types of T32 Institutional Training Grants: 

1) The NINDS Institutional Research Training Grant Program

  • 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. Moreover, preference may be given to programs that focus on support of trainees with an MD or health professional degree, or to programs that integrate basic and clinical research training.
  • 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 of Training and Career Development. Applicants may request support for advanced (dissertation stage) predoctoral Ph.D. and M.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, or a mix of both. 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 of Training and Career Development. 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.
  • For an expanded explanation of NINDS policies for this program, please refer to NOT-NS-09-003.

  • Application Receipt Date: May 25. Note: All applications must be submitted electronically.
  • NIH Program Announcement: PA-10-036.
  • Electronic Application Form: SF 424.
  • T32 Data Tables: The electronic instructions and downloadable word forms for the 12 required data tables can be found here. Note: In the application, please include all the 12 required data tables as a single word file on form PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan (see section 8.7 in the SF 424 instructions for more information).
  • NRSA FY2010 Stipend levels: NOT-OD-10-047
  • Consolidation of Review Criteria for Institutional Research Training Grant Applications (T32) Submitted for FY 2010 Funding (NOT-OD-09-074)
  • A letter of intent is NOT required for this program.



2) The Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN)

  • This training program supports only predoctoral candidates during the first 2 years of training (and cannot be used to support students who have passed candidacy and/or are focused on dissertation research). The program is jointly sponsored by NIA, NEI, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDA, NIGMS, NIMH, and NINDS. The aim of this program is to encourage broad training in the neurosciences by offering institutions a single comprehensive training grant for the support of predoctoral trainees in the neurosciences. If you are interested in applying to this program, please see additional information on the JSPTPN website.

  • Application Receipt Date: May 25. Note: All applications must be submitted electronically.
  • NIH Program Announcement: PAR-10-116
  • Electronic Application Form: SF 424.
  • T32 Data Tables: The electronic instructions and downloadable word forms for the 12 required data tables can be found here. Note: In the application, please include all the 12 required data tables as a single word file on form PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan (see section 8.7 in the SF 424 instructions for more information).
  • NRSA FY2010 Stipend levels: NOT-OD-10-047
  • Consolidation of Review Criteria for Institutional Research Training Grant Applications (T32) Submitted for FY 2010 Funding (NOT-OD-09-074)
  • Applicants for the JSPTPN program should submit a letter of intent by April 25 to Deborah Henken, Ph.D. (HenkenD@mail.nih.gov, 301-469-5541).
















Last updated December 11, 2012