University of Southern California


PAR-20-076: Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                           Contact Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        May 29, 2020

External Deadline:                        June 29, 2020

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: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.


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


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Who May Serve as PI:                    The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees to the approved research training program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD/PI has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) and using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.

For programs that propose to have multiple PDs/PIs, at least one should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.  Additional PDs/PIs may be included to achieve the training goals. Any of the PDs/PIs may serve as the contact PD/PI. Applicants are encouraged to clearly delineate the roles of the different PD/PIs.


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. Moreover, the ability to conduct impactful neuroscience research requires strong foundational skills in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning related to study design, analysis and interpretation.


Breakthroughs in neuroscience have come, and will continue to come, not only from a deep and broad understanding of the nervous system, but also from an understanding of biological systems not historically associated with neuroscience. For example, blood brain barrier function is now known to be heavily dependent on the multidrug resistance transporter, inflammatory responses are key components of many neurological disorders, and metabolic processes historically associated with biology or diseases outside the nervous system are now known to play a role in both normal brain function and neurobiological disorders. To achieve the goals of the JSPTPN, students should therefore be exposed to a broad spectrum of relevant science. In addition, the training supported by the JSPTPN must be grounded in principles of rigorous experimental design, an understanding of the critical need for, and proper use of, statistics, and quantitative literacy.


Budgetary Requirements: Kirschstein-NRSA awards provide stipends as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience.


$750 will be provided for each trainee, to support travel to attend scientific meetings and workshops that the institution determines to be appropriate for the individual’s research training experience.


NIH will provide funds to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance, research and training costs for activities that directly benefit the supported students. The standard training related expenses should not be used for administrative costs or faculty salary.


Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, consortium costs in excess of $25,000, and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.


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