University of Southern California


PAR-19-036: Medical Scientist Training Program (T32)

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           February 22, 2019, noon PT

LOI:                                                        N/A       

External Deadline:                          May 25, 2019

Award Information:                        Type: Grant

                                                                Types Allowed: New/Resubmission

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: Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Awards may be for project periods up to five years in duration.

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:                    No clinical trials permitted.       

As described in the instructions for the Training Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) in Section IV.2 below, NIGMS encourages multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training. At least one of the training PDs/PIs should be an investigator with an active research program in basic, translational, or clinical science, capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.  Additional PDs/PIs, including physician-scientists or individuals with experience in science education, social sciences, program evaluation, mentoring, and university administration, may be included to achieve the training goals.


The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.  In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes the need to diversify the scientific workforce by enhancing the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (collectively termed “biomedical”) research workforce.

The Overarching Objective of the Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is to develop a diverse pool of highly trained physician-scientists who have the following:

    • The skills necessary to integrate research and clinical activities in support of a productive research career;
    • The ability to utilize clinical experience and observations to identify important biomedical research questions and develop impactful research programs;
    • A broad understanding across biomedical disciplines and the skills to independently acquire the knowledge needed to advance their chosen fields;
    • The ability to think critically and independently and to identify important biomedical research questions and approaches that push forward the boundaries of their areas of study and that enable the translation of basic research findings into clinical practice;
    • A strong foundation in scientific reasoning, rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative and computational approaches, and data analysis and interpretation;
    • A commitment to approaching and conducting biomedical research and clinical practice responsibly, ethically 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 productive careers in the biomedical research workforce that utilize the dual-degree training.

Diversity at all levels—from the kinds of science to the regions in which it is conducted to the backgrounds of the people conducting it— contributes to excellence in research training environments and strengthens the research enterprise. This FOA is intended to support outstanding research training programs that will enhance diversity at all levels.

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