Limited Competition: Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training (T90/R90 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) seeks to support interdisciplinary clinical research training to improve the capacity of the integrative health field to carry out rigorous research. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits renewal applications to support training partnerships between institutions with research intensive environments (e.g., institutions with a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) or T32 programs) to provide the T90 component for research training for individuals with clinical complementary and integrative health degrees, and institutions focused on clinical training of practitioners in complementary modalities and disciplines that have faculty with substantial interest in rigorous clinical research to provide the R90 component for research education and experience for individuals with research-intensive doctoral degrees. The program will support mentored research training with hands-on mentored experiences in clinical research within NCCIH's Strategic Plan and didactic activities in clinical research methodology and integrative health approaches. The funded training partnership is expected to generate a cadre of clinician scientists who participate in multi-disciplinary teams engaged in complementary and integrative health research.

This FOA does not allow appointed T90 Trainees or R90 Participants to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Only one application per partnership is allowed. A partnership is defined as one institution with a research-intensive environment (will provide the T90 Component) with one institution focused on clinical training of complementary health practice (will provide the R90 component).

  • Duke Internal Deadline: May 29, 2019
  • Sponsor Application Deadlines: June 26, 2019, January 24, 2020

RFA-AT-19-010 Expiration Date January 25, 2020

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email to find out if it is still open.

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Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Applicants must propose a T90/R90 partnership consisting of one institution with a research-intensive environment (e.g., CTSA and/or T32 institution) which will provide the T90 component and one institution focused on complementary health practice which will provide the R90 component. The proposed T90 and R90 institutions must have their own separate DUNS number or NIH IPF number. At the time of submission, the partnership must decide which institution will be the applicant institution that will submit a single application on behalf of the T90/R90 partnership. If selected for funding, linked T90 and R90 awards will be made to each institution. It is expected that both institutions have the appropriate management and financial infrastructure and support to comply with the management of federal funds.

Because the T90/R90 program consists of a partnership and collaborative effort, applicants are strongly encouraged to use a team-science approach and include a multiple PD(s)/PI(s) administrative/management model. The PD(s)/PI(s) should be an established investigator(s) 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(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees and participants to the approved research training and research education program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the interdisciplinary program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD(s)/PI(s) has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable), using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.

The PD(s)/PI(s) should be part of the collaborative implementation team (CIT)  that will be responsible for the implementation of the proposed program.     

    Funding Type





    Curriculum Development
    Medical - Clinical Science

    Internal Nomination

    Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

    A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
    NIH Biosketch of project leader
    Draft of the following:
        Project Summary/Abstract – 30 lines of text
        Project Narrative – three sentences
        Specific Aims – 1 page

    Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

    Instructions for both creating an account (if you don't already have one) and submitting your materials can be found here:

    Internal Deadline

    May 29, 2019

    External Deadline

    June 26, 2019