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F31—NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
F32—NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Find basic information and advice on our Training and Career portal, Advice on Research Training and Career Awards tutorial, and our central page for Fellowship Grants (F).
Foreign postdoctoral fellows may be supported by NIH-funded research grants (e.g., an R01), but not by fellowships, training grants, or small business awards. If a grant has a citizenship requirement, it will be listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Read Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP to learn more.
Yes. For more information, read the Public Access of Publications SOP.
Yes. Sometimes it is advisable to have a second sponsor, especially if the project requires special expertise.
Fellows can receive no more than five years' aggregate NRSA support at the predoctoral level and no more than three years' aggregate support at the postdoctoral level. This includes any combination of support from NRSA institutional research training grants and individual fellowships.
Anyone seeking an exception to the maximum period of support must obtain a waiver from NIAID. See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for full details.
Yes. For more on initial peer review, read Writing a Fellowship Application.
Yes. See the Fellowship Grants SOP for details.
Fellows and sponsors don't sign fellowship applications, progress reports, and prior approval requests. Instead, institutions have to keep your signature assurances on file.
You still sign other fellowship forms: activation notices, termination notices, payback agreements, and annual payback activities certification.
Yes. Read the Responsible Conduct of Research: Training SOP for more information.
Start with the following references:
Reference letters are due by your application's receipt date, though NIH accepts them any time sooner.
Yes. Learn more at Sending Materials Post-Submission in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards.
No. According to the Individual Fellowship Application Guide, an applicant's sponsor may not write a reference letter. Since the sponsor and co-sponsor have similar roles, the co-sponsor is held to the same restrictions.
The Allowable and Unallowable Costs section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement addresses allowed expenses for both institutional allowance and tuition and fees. In a nutshell, here's what it states:
The type of sponsoring institution determines the costs that may be charged to this category.
For example, the allowance for nonfederal public or private nonprofit institutions can defray expenses such as research supplies, equipment, travel to scientific meetings, and health insurance. It can also offset, as much as possible, appropriate administrative costs of training.
Tuition and Fees
Costs associated with tuition and fees are allowed only if they are for specific courses required for the training. Note that health insurance is not included since it's part of the institutional allowance.
These purchases would be allowable expenses when purchased with facilities and administrative costs (F&A) costs. Whether they are allowable direct costs on a fellowship grant is up to your institution. Check with your office of sponsored programs to determine your institution's policy.
See Can stipends be used to pay for tuition, books, and fees? on Salaries and Stipends questions and answers.
Generally, fellowships do not have carryover authority, and NIAID does not usually allow carryover since we expect grantees to use all of the institutional allowance in the year that it was awarded. Grantees can always make a formal request, but there is no guarantee that we will approve it.
To find out how to request carryover, see our Carryover Requests SOP.
Yes. Read Submitting Your Fellowship Forms, Contacting NIAID in Advice on Research Training and Career Awards.
No. Fellowships do not require a budget.
You must provide the Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report form only if you participated in research involving human subjects not reported in the progress report of another PHS-supported project.
If you are conducting clinical research, you must report the annual cumulative enrollment of subjects and their distribution by sex/gender and ethnicity/race using the Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report. The Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report is not included in the two-page summary limit.
Submit it through the eRA Commons using NIH's Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).
For more information about progress reporting, read Understand the Annual Progress Report in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
See Do I have to be part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group to apply for an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31)? in our Special Populations questions and answers.
Women are not considered to be underrepresented in biomedical research. Also, the F31 funding opportunity announcement does not include women in the groups of which it is particularly interested in encouraging the recruitment and retention. See Eligibility Information in the FOA.
As for other eligibility information, consult the FOA as well as:
Go to F31-Diversity Sample Applications and Summary Statements.
According to the Executive Summary in the F31 program announcement, you can resubmit.
NIH allows investigators who have not succeeded in getting funded to resubmit an unsolicited application once. For more information, see our Application Resubmissions SOP.
As for due dates, go to Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications. New, renewal, and resubmissions are due April 13, August 13, and December 13. Submit your application electronically. See the Fellowship Grants SOP for more information.
You may go elsewhere to write if your mentor approves. You don't need NIH approval if no money is involved. However, you should contact your grants management specialist if you are leaving your institution and are continuing to receive NIH funds.
Fellows may receive up to three years of aggregate NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards.
Yes. Fellows may receive up to three years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level. For additional details, see What is the maximum number of years for which fellows can receive NRSA support? above.
Yes. With an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32), you may go abroad for your training. See Fellowships for more information.
Three years is the maximum for an F32.
Generally, the grantee institution decides what to do with supplies and equipment purchased for research purposes.
But check with your business office to see what your institution does since different institutions are subject to different rules from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), called cost principles.
For more information, read the equipment and supplies section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Also see OMB's Grants Management Circulars and the Code of Federal Regulation's 45 CFR 74.35 and 45 CFR 74.34.
No, you cannot use the R01-funded project for an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) application since NIH cannot support an already-funded project or pay for research that has already been done. You can, however, use preliminary data that you generated from the R01-funded project to support your independent research project proposal in the F32 application.
When you're ready to apply for the F32, read the funding opportunity announcement carefully and follow all instructions.
You may find our online resources helpful. Go to our Fellowship Grants (F) portal to get started.
Try our central page for Fellowship Grants (F), Advice on Research Training and Career Awards tutorial, and the main Training and Career Awards and Fellowships questions and answers page.
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Last Updated January 23, 2015
Last Reviewed January 09, 2014