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Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements support postdoctoral research scientists who are taking care of a child or sick family member. They provide additional funds for NIAID grantees to hire a mid-to-senior level technician to fill in when the caregiver needs to be away from the lab. For more information, read the program announcement.
NIAID funds this program at $500,000 a year.
Principal investigators apply for a supplement to their NIAID-funded grant. Postdocs who need technical support should talk to a PI.
For questions about NIH's dependent care policy, go to NIH's Frequently Asked Questions: Policies Related to Parental Leave and Child Care.
NIAID receives applications at any time and reviews them approximately four times a year (November, February, April, and May). If you want your application reviewed in one of the four listed months, submit it by the first of the preceding month.
If you are seeking an award before the end of a fiscal year—September 30—we have to receive your application no later than April 15.
Applications received after these dates are considered for funding in the next fiscal year. Please keep in mind we usually experience delays in making awards at the beginning of every fiscal year.
A committee of NIAID senior staff members review applications on scientific merit and training potential. NIAID will make awards about eight to ten weeks after review.
As long as PIs have at least two years of NIAID support remaining, they can receive funding for the following grant types:
Postdocs must have at least one full year at an NIAID-funded laboratory and be primary caregivers for a child or ailing relative.
Technicians do not need U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status. Temporary and student visas are acceptable.
Submit a paper application or email PDF files of scanned documents. NIAID encourages—but does not require—using PDFs.
Work with your business office to make sure you use the correct forms.
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Last Updated February 03, 2012
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