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The Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant (T32)

The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) (T32) supports grants to institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for pre and postdoctoral fellow to be trained in cancer research.

For more complete information, reference the Program Announcement and/or contact the program director.

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Applicant Eligibility

PD/PI Criteria
Citizenship

At the time of the award, PD/PI must be:

  • a United States citizen,
  • or a non-citizen national,
  • or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
Foreign Nationals with Student VisasNot eligible for this award
Degree/Academic AppointmentEstablished Investigators (Associate and Full Professors)
CommitmentSalary support not allowed; 5-10% commitment recommended
Duration of AwardUp to 5 years of support with the opportunity for renewal
Program Criteria
Program PD/PIApplicant must have independent cancer-focused R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed research funding at the time of application and award.
Program Faculty

NCI expects faculty members to have peer-reviewed independent R01, or R01-like research support.

New and Early Stage Investigators without this funding can serve as co-mentors.

TraineesFor each year, no more than 25% of trainees under a new NCI-supported T32 grant can be predoctoral trainees.
Budget (Direct Costs)

New T32 Training Programs:

  • Must be less than $500,000 a year

Competing renewal T32 Training Programs with current budgets less than $500,00 a year:

  • Must remain less than $500,000 a year

Competing Renewal T32 Training Programs with current budgets at $500,000 a year or more:

  • Budget level request must be submitted for program approval six weeks prior to the application submission deadline
  • No budget increases will be approved
Trainee Criteria
Citizenship

At the time of the award, trainee must be:

  • a citizen of the United States,
  • or a non-citizen national,
  • or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
Foreign Nationals with Student VisasNot eligible for this award
Degree/Academic AppointmentPre and postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows
CommitmentTrainee must dedicate at least 40 hours per week (full-time effort) to the training program
Duration of Award
  • Pre-docs: Up to 5 years of support
  • Post-docs: Up to 3 years of support

Budget

Stipend Support

 

Number of Years' ExperienceStipend for FY 2014
Predoctoral

All

$22,476

Postdoctoral

0

$42,000

1

$43,680

2

$45,432

3

$47,244

4

$49,128

5

$51,096

6

$53,148

7 or more

$55,272

Learn more about T32 stipend support
Tuition & Fees
For each...NCI will pay...
Predoctoral Trainee Supported60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year
Combined Dual-Degree Trainee (e.g., M.D.-Ph.D.) Supported60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $21,000 per year
Postdoctoral Trainee Supported60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $4,500 per year
Postdoctoral Trainee in a Formal Degree-Granting Program60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year
Travel to Scientific Meetings
Allowance

$800 per Predoc

$1,000 per Postdoc

Training-Related Expenses
  • Health insurance (self-only or family, as applicable)
  • Staff salaries
  • Consultant costs
  • Equipment
  • Research supplies
  • Faculty/staff travel directly related to the research training program
Predoctoral Trainee Support$4,200 annually
Postdoctoral Trainee Support$7,850 annually

How to Apply

For help with application submission, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact eRA Commons Help Desk/Grant.gov Contact Center.

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

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

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.

Review and Selection Process

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) review applications for completeness and for conformance to all eligibility requirements and special provisions and requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.

Subcommittee F, convened by the Division of Extramural Activities of the NCI, evaluates applications according to the review criteria listed in the Program Announcement. Before an award is made, the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) conducts a second level of review and ensures that an application meets the broad program needs and priorities of the NCI and the National Cancer Program.

Find an overview of the grant process


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NCI Specific Requirements

  1. NCI T32 training program must be cancer focused, unique, and innovative.
  2. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) should have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to organize and implement a high quality research program. The PD/PI must hold a peer-reviewed independent cancer-focused R01, or R01-like, research funding at the time the T32 application is submitted and awarded. 
  3. The faculty members are expected to have peer-reviewed independent R01, or R01-like research support. New and Early Stage Investigators with no such funding may serve as co-mentors.  
    • For the NCI T32, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations. The award duration must be for at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.
  4. No less than 75% of the requested trainees per award year must be postdoctoral trainees. 
  5. Short-term training positions are not eligible for the NCI T32 training programs.
  6. Budget (direct cost)
    • For new T32 Training Programs, the budgets must be less than $500,000/year.
    • For competing renewal T32 Training Programs with current budgets less than $500,000/year, the budgets must remain at less than $500,000/year.
    • For competing renewal T32 Training Programs with current budgets at $500,000/year or more, a request to maintain the current budget level must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the anticipated application submission for program approval. No budget increases will be approved.
  7. PI change or mentor addition requires program director's review and approval.
  8. Only the reappointment of current trainees is allowed under a no-cost extension. 

Reporting

  • The Non-Competing Continuation Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590 or RPPR) and financial statements as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement are required annually. Continuation support will not be provided until the required forms are submitted and accepted. For progress reports using the paper PHS2590, use the Additional Instructions for Preparing a Progress Report for an Institutional Training Grant found in the PHS2590. For submissions using the RPPR, see the Training RPPR instructions.
  • The Statement of Appointment Form (PHS2271) must be submitted for each trainee, each year prior to or at the time of appointment. A Payback Agreement (PHS6031, revised 9/93) must be submitted for all postdoctoral trainees beginning their initial Kirschstein-NRSA appointment. No stipend or other allowances may be paid until submission of the proper forms. Failure to submit these forms within 90 days of the start date for the appointment may result in an expenditure disallowance or a delay in continued funding. Completed trainee forms must be submitted electronically via xTrain.

NCI Staff Contacts

For information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application for the T32 Award, contact:

  • Branch Phone: 240-276-5630

For more information regarding fiscal and/or budget issues, contact:

For information regarding review issues, contact:

  • Referral Officer
    Division of Extramural Activities
    Phone: 240-276-6390
    Fax: 240-276-7682

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  • Updated: June 23, 2014