University of Southern California


PA-18-759: Development of Curricular or Training Activities in Skills Development (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          May 18, 2018 by 5:00 PM local time

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Anticipated Amount: See above

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    Individual(s) must hold an active grant or cooperative agreement, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment of the active award. Individuals are encouraged to work with their organizations to develop applications for support.
Applicants must have an NIGMS-funded predoctoral T32 training grant that will be active on June 30, 2020. Applicants with pending competing applications for parent grant awards scheduled for the July 2018 start date are not eligible.
For supplements to parent awards that include multiple PDs/PIs, the supplement may be requested by any or all of the PDs/PIs (in accordance with the existing leadership plan) and submitted by the awardee institution of the parent award. Do not use this administrative supplement application to add, delete, or change the PDs/PIs listed on the parent award. Visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for more information.


NIH has provided support for the development of training activities to enhance data reproducibility, to broaden training to reflect the range of career options trainees pursue, and to enhance the development of skills required to be a biomedical scientist; however, there remains a compelling need for enhanced training for predoctoral students to develop fundamental skills. The skills may range from the technical (e.g., quantitative and computational) to the operational (e.g. experimental design and interpretation of data) to the professional (e.g. communication and teamwork). Specifically, NIGMS encourages training programs to develop well-trained scientists who have the following:

    • A broad understanding across biomedical disciplines and the skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen field;
    • The ability to think critically, independently, and to identify important biomedical research questions and approaches that push forward the boundaries of their areas of study;
    • A strong foundation in scientific reasoning, rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative approaches, as well as data analysis and interpretation;
    • A commitment to approaching and conducting biomedical research responsibly and with integrity;
    • Experience initiating, conducting, interpreting, and presenting rigorous and reproducible biomedical research with increasing self-direction;
    • The ability to work effectively in teams with colleagues from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds, and to promote inclusive and supportive scientific research environments;
    • The skills to teach and communicate scientific research methodologies and findings to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., discipline-specific, across disciplines, and the public); and
    • The knowledge, professional skills, and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce.

Through this funding opportunity announcement, NIGMS will accept applications for a one-time administrative supplement to existing NIGMS predoctoral T32 training grants for the development and implementation of curricular or training activities aimed at providing graduate trainees with the technical, operational, and professional skills required to be a biomedical scientist.

Awardees will be expected to attend a meeting organized for Program Directors of NIGMS training programs. Grantees are expected to present an overview of the activities they have developed, results of their implementation to date and, if successful, plans for incorporating the activities into the ongoing conduct of the training grant(s).

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.