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
- Purpose: Ensures that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research
- 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
- NICHD participates in the Parent T32 announcement, as well as other T32 announcements that promote training in priority scientific, health-related research fields relevant to the NICHD mission.
K12 Institutional Career Development Programs
NICHD uses the Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (K12) Program to provide support to domestic institutions that mentor clinical fellows and scientists and help them become independent research investigators.
NICHD only accepts K12 applications in response to active Requests for Applications (RFAs). Receipt deadlines are listed in the RFA.
Resources for T32/K12 Programs
- NIH Information about Institutional Training Grants (T): Provides descriptions of institutional training grants supported by NIH, along with eligibility considerations and funding policies.
- NIH Information about K12 Institutional Career Development Awards: Provides descriptions of institutional training grants supported by NIH, along with eligibility considerations and funding policies.
- Application Guides and Instructions: This page links to the different NIH application instruction sets. Applicants for T32/K12 programs should use the “T Training Instructions” provided on this webpage.
- Peer Review of T32/K12 applications: T32 and K12 applications are reviewed by the NICHD Scientific Review Branch. NICHD has been using a single dedicated committee for review of T32 applications since 2011.
- NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS): 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. Information about T32 institutional training grants is available in Chapter 11.
- FAQs: Get answers to common questions about institutional training grants (T32) and institutional career development (K12) programs.
- The NICHD T32 Diversity Supplement Program for Pre- and Postdoctoral Candidates provides research training support for well-qualified predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, who meet NIH diversity criteria, under an eligible NICHD-funded institutional training grant (T32)—that is, a program that is funding fewer total slots than were approved by the study section—whose slots for the current year have already been filled. Read the NICHD T32 Diversity Supplement Background, Eligibility, Application, and Reporting Requirements (PDF 217 KB).