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These awards are made to institutions to support groups of pre- and/or postdoctoral fellows, including trainees in basic, clinical, and behavioral research.

T32 Institutional Training Programs

K12 Institutional Career Development Programs

T32 Institutional Training Programs

  • Purpose: Ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda.
    • Issued to eligible institutions to support research training for groups of pre- and/or postdoctoral fellows. The number of positions or "slots" varies with each award.
    • The maximum duration of support for pre- and postdoctoral fellows under any National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is 5 years and 3 years, respectively (6 years for students in formal M.D./Ph.D. programs).
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or those lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • The NICHD participates in the Parent T32 announcement as well as several other T32 announcements that promote training in specific areas of science relevant to the institute's mission.
  • NICHD provides limited supplements to existing T32 programs to support diversity pre-doctoral trainees. Learn more about the program and application procedure (PDF - 370 KB).

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant

T32 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences

T32 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive, Obstetric, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Systems Biology of Developmental Biology & Birth Defects

T32 Postdoctoral Research Training for Obstetricians and Gynecologists

T32 Postdoctoral Research Training in Obstetric Fetal Pharmacology

Resources for T32 Programs

  • NIH T Kiosk: Provides descriptions of Institutional training grants supported by the NIH institutes, along with eligibility considerations and funding policies.
  • Application Guides and Instructions: This page links to the different NIH application instruction sets. Applicants for Institutional Training Grants (T32) should use the Application Guide SF424 (R&R): Forms Version C. Section 8 contains supplemental instructions for institutional training grants, and links to instructions for T32 Data Tables are near the bottom of the page.
  • Peer Review of T32 applications: T32 applications are reviewed by the Scientific Review Branch. The NICHD has been using a single dedicated committee for review of T32 applications since 2011.
  • NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS)—10/1/2011 version: The GPS outlines policies for all grant mechanisms at NIH, including fellowships, career development awards, and institutional training grants. The GPS is the ultimate resource for policy questions. Institutional training grant policies are found in Chapter 11, Section 11.3.

K12 Institutional Career Development Programs

The NICHD uses the Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (K12) Program to provide support to domestic institutions of higher learning to mentor clinical fellows and scientists and help them become independent research investigators.

The NICHD only accepts K12 applications in response to active Requests for Applications (RFAs). Receipt deadlines are listed in the RFA. The following RFAs within specific disciplines are currently active.

K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)

K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program

K12 Male Reproductive Health Research (MRHR) Career Development Program

K12 Pediatric Clinical Care Scientist Development Award (PCCSDA)

K12 Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)

K12 Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training (RMST) Program

K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Programs

  • Administered through the NCMRR.
  • Purpose: Provide mentoring and career development of rehabilitation researchers in one of the following three domains: physical/occupational therapy and allied health professionals, clinicians involved in neurological rehabilitation, or bioengineers.
  • Eligibility: Clinically trained individuals in the above areas who need further mentored research training in order to establish independent research programs
  • Current Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-12-208.html
  • NICHD Contact: Ralph Nitkin

Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program

Resources for K12 Programs

  • NIH K Kiosk: This site provides a description of various Career Development Awards, along with eligibility considerations and funding policies.
  • Application Guides and Instructions: This page links to the different NIH application instruction sets. Applicants for Career Development Awards (K-series) should use the Application Guide SF424 (R&R): Adobe Forms Version B Series. Section 7 contains supplemental instructions for K applications.
  • Peer Review of K Applications: Career Development Awards are reviewed by the NICHD Scientific Review Branch. Rosters for review panels are available at /about/org/der/srb/Pages/overview.aspx.
  • NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS)—10/1/2011 version: The GPS outlines policies for all grant mechanisms at NIH, including fellowships, career development awards, and institutional training grants. The GPS is the ultimate resource for policy questions. Career Development (K) Award policies are in Chapter 12.
  • Extramural FAQs: Find answers to specific questions about fellowships (F), career development awards (K), and institutional training grants (T32/K12).
Last Updated Date: 05/14/2014
Last Reviewed Date: 05/14/2014

Additional Resources

  • NIH Office of Extramural Research Training Page
    References to policies, funding levels, application and review process, and FOAs for all grants, fellowships, and career development awards
  • NIH Grant Application Forms
    Forms for grant and fellowship applications, non-competing continuation applications, progress reports, statements of appointment and termination, payback agreement, and grant close-out
  • Submitting Applications (Grants.gov)
    Main government Web site for submitting grant applications; provides application forms for the grant mechanism selected
  • NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)
    The NIH offers extramural LRPs in the following areas: Clinical Research; Pediatric Research; Health Disparities Research; Contraception and Infertility Research; and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. NICHD offers extramural LRPs in three of the five qualifying areas: clinical research, pediatric research, and contraception and infertility research.
  • NIH Research Portfolio On-line Reporting Tool (RePORT)
    Searchable database of all funded grants and fellowships, statistics on numbers of applications to specific NIH institutes, success rates, and other information
  • NICHD Funded Projects: RePORT
    RePORT Search Results for NICHD Funded Projects
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