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NIH F Applications and You Steps for BGS students applying for individual predoctoral NRSAs* *Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards


Reasons to apply     

Helps jump start dissertation research Grant writing experience is valuable Great award/honor on your CV ~$2,750 for lab supplies, travel Benefits mentor: frees up research grant funds for other uses

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3 types of indiv. predoc. NRSAs  F30: for MD/PhD and other CDs  F31: to promote Diversity  F31: for Dissertation research related to particular institutes of NIH

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F30 MD/PhD, VMD/PhD, etc.  Up to 6 years of support, excluding other NRSA (e.g., MSTP or other TG) support  Ideal time to apply: upon picking thesis lab  Note that not all institutes participate; check the list to see if any are relevant to your research  Deadlines: 4/8, 8/8, 12/8 11/2/2009

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F30 Participating Institutes 

National Institute on Aging (NIA), (http://www.nia.nih.gov/) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), (http://www.niddk.nih.gov) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (http://www.nida.nih.gov) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH), (http://www.niehs.nih.gov) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (http://www.nimh.nih.gov) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), (http://www.ninds.nih.gov) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), (http://ods.od.nih.gov) National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) has its own F30 Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-232.html

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F31 Diversity  Up to 5 years of support, excluding other NRSA support (from training grants)  Ideal time to apply: once you have identified your research interests, can be as early as your first year  Virtually all NIH institutes participate  Deadlines: 4/13, 8/13, 12/13 11/2/2009

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F31 Diversity Participating Insts. ď Ż

National Cancer Institute (NCI), (http://www.nci.nih.gov/) National Eye Institute (NEI), (http://www.nei.nih.gov/) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), (http://www.nhgri.nih.gov/) National Institute on Aging (NIA), (http://www.nia.nih.gov/) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov /) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), (http://www.niams.nih.gov/) National Inst. of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), (http://www.nibib.nih.gov/) National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), (http://www.niddk.nih.gov/) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (http://www.nida.nih.gov/) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), (http://www.niehs.nih.gov) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), (http://www.nigms.nih.gov) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), (http://www.ninr.nih.gov/) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), (http://www.nccam.nih.gov/) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), (http://www.ods.od.nih.gov) 11/2/2009

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F31 Dissertation  Up to 5 years of support  Ideal time to apply: after starting dissertation research  Note that not all institutes participate; check the list to see if any are relevant to your research (most BGS students with these awards are NGG or PHRM)  Deadlines: 4/8, 8/8, 12/8 11/2/2009

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F31 Dissertation Participating Insts. ď Ż

National Institute on Aging (NIA), http://www.nia.nih.gov/ National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), http://www.niaaa.nih.gov National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/ National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/ National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), http://www.nida.nih.gov/ National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), http://www.nimh.nih.gov National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), http://www.ninds.nih.gov National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), http://www.nccam.nih.gov Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), http://ods.od.nih.gov/

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Application Info & Resources  F Kiosk:

http://grants.nih.gov/training/F_files_nrsa.htm Select appropriate F30 or F31 program announcement here

 SF424 (R&R):

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_Fellowship.pdf

Individual Fellowship Application Guide

 Forms:  

Marianne (below) will send you a partially pre-populated pdf to complete For fellowship-specific biosketch and reference form, go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms

 Marianne Williams, Finance Office -- for BGS, MD-PhD, and VMD-PhD students altland@upenn.edu

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General  All done via eRA Commons of Grants.gov  Contact Marianne to set up your account  Marianne will fill out basics of the forms for you, e.g., budget, previous NRSA support, etc.  Although electronic submission began in 2009, successful NRSA applicants from before 2009 are available for general advice; contact the Graduate Student Center or Marianne for student mentors  Your advisor and graduate group chair (and CD director if applicable) are great resources 11/2/2009

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Identifying the institute  Determine which institute(s) of NIH is the best fit for your project (discuss this with your PI)  Contact the fellowship program officer at the institute(s) by phone to discuss your proposal and how it might fit with the institute’s scientific goals; see numbers on p. I-3 of the Application Guide  Prepare a cover letter to be submitted with your proposal that refers to the conversation and the program officer by name (part of “Other Attachments”) 11/2/2009

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Once you have your partiallycompleted forms from Marianne  Complete the highlighted sections; ask Marianne if you have any questions  Note that YOU are the PI; enter your name, contact info., and use special fellowship biosketch  Your mentor is the Senior/Key Person 1, aka Sponsor; enter his/her info. and biosketch  If your mentor is a junior faculty member, you might benefit from a Co-Sponsor (a tenured faculty member with relevant research and training experience) 11/2/2009

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Research Training Plan  10 page limit, including figures, charts, tables, and diagrams: combine sections before uploading to monitor length  Pay close attention to instructions on font, headers (none), page numbers (none), etc.  Get early input from advisor & GG chair!      11/2/2009

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Intro (resubmissions only) Specific Aims Background and Significance Preliminary Studies/Progress Report Research Design & Methods Biomedical Graduate Studies University of Pennsylvania

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Other Components Human Subjects (Y/N): From Mentor Vertebrate Animals (Y/N): From Mentor Resource Sharing Plan: From Mentor Respective Contributions: See sample on next page  Selection of Sponsor and Institution: Write a paragraph on each  Responsible Conduct of Research:

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Respective Contributions - sample ď Ż RESPECTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS This proposal is an extension of my candidacy exam. I am primarily responsible for the ideas and experiments outlined in this document. Through discussions with my sponsor, Dr. __________, I was able to focus my hypothesis and refine my experimental approach to maximize feasibility. I prepared this document independently but consulted with Dr. ____ for suggestions before finalizing the proposal. Figure 2 is the work of a former undergraduate student, ____ . I will perform the described experiments independently. I will seek guidance from Dr. ____ when interpreting data and troubleshooting experiments. 11/2/2009

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Candidate Information Degree Sought and Field of Training Current/Prior NRSA Support: Finance Office provides Applications for Concurrent Support (Y/N) Goals for Fellowship Training [Attach]: See instructions; up to 2 page; make sure goals relate to institute’s goals  Activities Planned Under Award [Attach]: Brief table, usually indicating 100% research  Doctoral Diss/Research Exper [Attach]: Important to describe previous research experience, including rotations, as well as dissertation info.; see instructions; up to 2 pages    

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Other Components  Budget: Finance Office will provide

 Appendix: Optional – not clear what if anything needs to be provided here for F applications

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Research & Related  Project/Performance Site Location(s): Use your lab address  Other Project Information: See instructions      11/2/2009

Misc. Y/N Questions Project Summary/Abstract [Attach] Project Narrative [Attach] Bibliography & References Cited [Attach] Other Attachments: See next slide Biomedical Graduate Studies University of Pennsylvania

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Research & Related, Cont.  Other Project Information, Cont.  Other Attachments     

Sponsor Page (Details on Next Slide) Cover letter requesting assignment [Attach] List of Referees [Attach] Training Potential [Attach] Additional Education Info. [Attach]: Any grades or test scores not listed on biosketch

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Sponsor  Sponsor Page of “Other Attachments”  Research Support Available [Attach]  Previous Trainees [Attach]  Training Plan, Environment & Research Facilities [Attach]  # of Trainees Supervised During Fellowship [Attach]  Applicant’s Qualifications and Potential for Research Career [Attach] 11/2/2009

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Additional “Other Attachments”  If a Diversity applicant, letter from BGS Director [Attach]  If an F30 applicant, statement on institutional environment and commitment to training (Skip Brass letter available from MD/PhD office 11/2/2009

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Letters of Recommendation (3-5)  NOT mentor/sponsor (since s/he writes statement about your qualifications in the grant)  Usually the graduate group chair, CD head and/or program chair (if applicable), rotation advisor, thesis committee member, or faculty research collaborator  Must use fellowship-specific form and be submitted electronically https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/reference/submitRefereeInformation.jsp

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Steps to Take  ≥30 days prior to deadline:  Contact Finance Office, altland@upenn.edu  Provide sponsor with link and forms; graduate group chair can help with info. about training  Get 3 referees on board; make sure they use the required form

 ≥ 10 days prior to deadline:  Complete your forms & attachments  Have your advisor review application

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Grant Application Package

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Application Page 1

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Application Page 2

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RESEARCH & RELATED: Senior Key Person Profile (Expanded)

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PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form

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PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, cont.

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PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, Cont.

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RESEARCH & RELATED: Project/ Performance Site Location(s)

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RESEARCH & RELATED Other Project Information

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11. Other Attachments, detail

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BGS F30 & F31 Applications