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Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements

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 information and answers to questions about NIH's family-friendly policies, go to NIH Family-Friendly Initiatives Frequently Asked Questions.


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.

Review and Award

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:

  • Research project grants—R01, R18, R24, R37
  • Multiproject grants—P01, P30, P50
  • Cooperative agreements—U01, U19, U42, U54

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.

Salary and Budget


  • Ask for enough funding to hire a sufficiently experienced full- or part-time technician and cover fringe benefits.
  • Request only research technical assistance. You can't use funding for other expenses, e.g. supplies, travel, or postdoc benefits.
  • Keep in mind the salary of a mid-to-senior level technician varies by institution but is generally between $40,000 to $50,000.


  • Get up to two years' salary and fringe benefits.

Advice for Applicants

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.

Paper applications

  • Include the following:
    • Front page of PHS 398.
    • Budget page from PHS 398 for the first 12 months.
    • Budget page for entire proposed period of support.
    • PI's biosketch, up to five pages as in an R01.
    • Postdoc's biosketch.
    • Two- to four-page description of what the project entails. We need to know exactly what the postdoc and technician will work on.
    • One-page statement of postdoc's career goals.
    • A signed statement from the PI and an institutional official establishing the eligibility of the postdoc for support under this program. Include citizenship and a description of any previous PHS research grant support.
    • Provide a detailed justification describing the need for a PCTAS.
  • Send the original plus two copies to the NIAID Staff Contact.

PDF Files

  • Convert the required PHS 398 forms (see above) into PDF files.
    • Your institutional business official's signature must be clearly legible.
    • Include a single PDF with transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other items that cannot be downloaded from the PHS 398 application package.
  • Send your PDFs as attachments in an email to the NIAID Staff Contact.
    • Use the subject line "NIAID PCTAS Application PDF."
    • Make sure your contact information is in the body of the email.

NIAID Staff Contacts

Raushanah Newman
BG 5601FL RM 4F38 MSC 9824
5601 Fishers Lane
Bethesda, MD, 20892-9824
Phone: 240-669-2925

Last Updated June 29, 2016

Last Reviewed July 01, 2015