PAR-17-096: Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
Internal Deadline: March 1, 2017, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: May 25, 2017
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Not specified.
Anticipated Amount: Not specified.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-096.html
Who May Serve as PI:
Program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program. Established program faculty should also have a record of successful research training, including former trainees who have productive research careers relevant to the NIH mission.. Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.
The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Trainees may only be supported during years 1 and/or 2 of graduate research training.
All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment, except with prior approval of the NIH awarding unit.
Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Students in the PhD phase of dual-degree programs are eligible for the JSPTPN program. Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for two years or more to engage in full-time neuroscience research training in a degree-granting program before completing their formal training programs are also eligible.
The purpose of the Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is to provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable students to become successful research scientists at a time when the field is advancing at an astonishing pace. Neuroscience research increasingly requires investigators who can cross boundaries, draw on knowledge and approaches from various disciplines and levels of analysis, and apply this breadth of knowledge in novel ways to yield new discoveries about the nervous system.
The Jointly Sponsored Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Neurosciences (JSPTPN) supports a program of broad-based education and research experience during the first two years of graduate training. As such, training programs supported by a JSPTPN training grant must have a comprehensive, two-year training plan.
- JSPTPN Programs should define the core knowledge that each student is expected to gain, and build on the core knowledge to provide depth of understanding in specific areas. Programs must have a clear, comprehensive plan that will ensure that each student has the tools and experience necessary for future research success.
- Programs are expected to include laboratory rotations that allow students to explore different research areas and scientific approaches.
- Programs are expected to provide formal instruction in the strict application of the scientific method to ensure that trainees understand the practices that underlie robust and unbiased experimental approaches, methods, analyses, data interpretation and transparent reporting of results.
- JSPTPN programs are expected to provide the background necessary for development of quantitative skills and literacy needed to conduct rigorous neuroscience research.
- Programs should provide students with training in professional skills such as written and oral presentation. When appropriate, programs should encourage students to apply for individual support, such as fellowships and other individual awards from federal and non-federal sources.
- In addition to outstanding scientific training, solid mentoring and regular career guidance are critical for advancement and success in science. Consequently, graduate programs supported by the JSPTPN are expected to have a formal oversight plan to ensure that students who obtain a Ph.D. degree do so in a timely manner.
- Within the framework of this program’s longstanding commitment to excellence, attention must be given to recruitment of trainees from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- The career outcomes of individuals supported by NRSA training programs include research careers in academia and industry and research-related careers in various sectors, e.g., academic institutions, government agencies, for-profit businesses, and private foundations.
- It is expected that JSPTPN programs will undergo regular internal and external evaluation in order to promote innovation and evolution, as well as to bring attention to any deficiencies that arise.
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