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How to Apply

Required Application Instructions

Applications are to be submitted electronically. It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide especially the Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application, as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV

When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For assistance with application submission, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact eRA Commons Help Desk/ contact Center.

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule

 Application Receipt Date: New, Renewal, and ResubmissionInitial Review DateCouncil Review DateEarliest Possible Start Date **
Receipt Cycle 1January 25June/JulySeptember/OctoberDecember
Receipt Cycle 2May 25October/NovemberJanuary/ FebruaryApril
Receipt Cycle 3September 25February/MarchMay/JuneJuly

Applications are due by 5 pm local time.

When a standard submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day

** Start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until well after the earliest possible start date.

Review and Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s) (assignments will be shown in the eRA Commons), in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria.

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

  • May undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific and technical merit (generally the top half of applications under review), will be discussed and assigned an overall impact/priority score.
  • Will receive a written critique.

Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the appropriate national Advisory Council or Board. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.

Required Forms for NRSA T32 Trainees

For all competing T32 grants that have been funded and all non-competing renewal T32 grants, specialized forms are required that document the appointment and termination of all trainees who receive support. These forms are as follows:

  1. The Statement of Appointment (PHS 2271) must be completed for all trainees newly appointed or reappointed for support form a T32 grant.
  2. The Termination Notice (PHS 416-7) must be completed for all trainees whose support from the T32 grant has ended.
  3. The Payback Agreement (PHS 6031) signed by the trainee in agreement to abide by the payback provisions for National Research Service Awards.

It is imperative that when filling out appointment, reappointment and termination forms that you use the correct stipend levels for the Fiscal Year that your grant was awarded. Otherwise, you will have to redo the forms. For your convenience, the NCI provides the correct stipend levels to the year, month and day for the Fiscal Years, FY 2007 and FY 2008 , FY2009 ,FY2010,  FY2011, and FY2012

  • Updated: February 1, 2012