Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32)

NIBIB supports predoctoral, postdoctoral, or combined predoctoral/postdoctoral research training in its scientific mission areas. Postdoctoral training programs may support either Ph.D. or M.D. degree holders, the former programs typically focusing on basic research and the latter programs focusing on clinical and translational research. NIBIB will accept applications proposing focused or broad-based training programs in bioimaging and bioengineering, including multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary training programs integrating the physical, engineering, and biological sciences. Research training programs for medical residents and clinical fellows may appoint trainees for only 1 year, with the knowledge that these trainees will be subject to NRSA payback if they do not carry out subsequent research-related activities for an additional year.

NRSA policy allows predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to be supported for a maximum of 5 years and 3 years, respectively. However, NIBIB normally expects its training programs to support predoctoral and postdoctoral institutional trainees (with the exception of medical residents and clinical fellows) for a period of 2 years, after which they should transition to research support. If NIBIB Training Program Directors feel that additional support of an individual trainee is warranted, they should justify the need for this additional training to the Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training before reappointing these trainees to their training program.


A new funding opportunity will be released in the near future.
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