University of Southern California


PAR-17-096: Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)

Slots:                                                     1                             

LOI:                                                        30 days prior to application due date                    

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

External Deadline:                          May 25, 2018

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:

Materials to submit:

 Link to Award:                        

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.