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NCI Special Notes

1. NCI T32 training program must be cancer focused.

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/yr.
• For competing renewal T32 training programs with current budgets less than $500,000/yr, the budgets must remain at less than $500,000/yr.
• For competing renewal T32 training programs with current budgets at $500,000/yr 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. 

  • Updated: December 11, 2013