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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards - Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)

NIBIB supports predoctoral, postdoctoral, or combined predoctoral/postdoctoral research training in its scientific mission areas ( Postdoctoral training programs may support either Ph.D. or M.D. degree holders, the former programs typically focusing on basic research and the latter programs focusing on clinical and translational research. NIBIB will accept applications proposing focused or broad-based training programs in bioimaging and bioengineering, including multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary training programs integrating the physical, engineering, and biological sciences. Research training programs for medical residents and clinical fellows may appoint trainees for only 1 year, with the knowledge that these trainees will be subject to NRSA payback if they do not carry out subsequent research-related activities for an additional year.

NRSA policy allows predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to be supported for a maximum of 5 years and 3 years, respecitively. However, NIBIB normally expects its training programs to support predoctoral and postdoctoral institutional trainees (with the exception of medical residents and clinical fellows) for a period of 2 years, afther which they should transition to research support. If NIBIB Training Program Directors feel that additional support of an individual trainee is warranted, they should justify the need for this additional training to the Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training before reappointing these trainees to their training program.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

NIBIB uses the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) to provide up to two years of support for promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators in interdisciplinary research at the interface between the biomedical and the mathematical, physical, or engineering sciences.

NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)

The Pathway to Independence (PI) program, targeted to applicants with no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience who have made a commitment to an academic career but who do not currently have an independent faculty position, provides two phases of support. The first phase provides 1 to 2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral researchers in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. The second phase, contingent upon procurement of an independent research position and internal administrative review, will provide up to 3 years of independent research support.

Applicants from medical schools should be aware that the instructor position is not considered equivalent to the assistant professor position required to transition to the independent phase of this award. Although instructors are typically eligible to apply for the dependent phase of the K99/R00 award, applicants from medical schools are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Zeynep Erim before applying.

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T32/T35 Training Programs Shift to Steady-State Level and Switch to Single Receipt Date

The NIBIB has implemented a large expansion of its institutional (T32/T35) training portfolio over the last three years, including the addition of new training awards in many of our program areas and the transition to the NIBIB-funded phase of the NIBIB-HHMI Interfaces program. This portfolio growth phase is now complete, and going forward we will maintain the T32/T35 program in a steady state consistent with our strategic plan. Consequently, applications for new T32/T35 programs will only be funded if, and as, they successfully compete with renewal (competing continuation) applications of currently supported T32/T35 programs.

Given this policy, applicants considering a new application or a renewal application for a T32/T35 grant are strongly encouraged to consider alternative mechanisms to support research training. In particular, the NIBIB will place increasing emphasis on the F32 mechanism, as well as support of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on research grants.

Additionally, effective May 25, 2010, the NIBIB will accept Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training (T32) and Short-term Institutional Research Training (T35) applications (new, renewal, resubmission, and revision) for only one receipt date per year – May 25 for January Council. Read the full notice at: you have questions about these or other aspects of training, please contact Dr. Richard Baird, Director of the NIBIB Interdisciplinary Training Division.

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Last Updated On 12/06/2011