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NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) - Eligibility Requirements Update

Modified: October 11, 2016

NINDS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) (PAR-16-458)

NINDS just released an updated Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Training of Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the NINDS F32 before they have joined the proposed laboratory, and if it is a first postdoctoral experience, before they have completed their terminal doctoral degree requirements. This will ensure thoughtful and comprehensive planning before the start of the postdoctoral period and will maximize this award's training potential.

However, candidates are also eligible to apply if they are within the first 12 months of joining the proposed laboratory or research environment. Early applications are strongly encouraged, however, as the NINDS F32 cannot be used to support candidates beyond the 3rd year in a laboratory or research environment. Thus, successful applications submitted earlier will result in a longer support duration, up to a maximum of 3 years. Moreover, very early submission may facilitate the ability to resubmit applications within the eligibility window, if necessary (the eligibility window above applies to both new and resubmission applications).

In addition to standard, automatic NIH leave policies, fellows who have children while supported by this FOA, either through childbirth or adoption, are encouraged to consider requesting a six-month extension of their fellowship. NINDS may provide one six-month extension to ensure that fellowship research and training can be completed. Requests must be submitted in writing, following the procedures described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 11.2.6.

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