Limited Competition: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Research Training Grant for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Institutional Research Training Grants for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (T32) to eligible institutions to enhance postdoctoral research training of individuals with doctoral degrees (these include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., DC, DO, DVM., OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, ND [Doctor of Naturopathy], DSW, PsyD, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research) and help ensure a heterogenous pool of clinical and translational scientists trainees are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to advance diagnostics, therapeutics, clinical interventions, and behavioral modifications that improve health.

NCATS will not accept applications proposing combined predoctoral and postdoctoral training under this FOA. Applications proposing predoctoral research training should apply to the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (PAR-21-337).

The proposed institutional research training program may complement other ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but must be clearly distinct from related programs currently receiving Federal support.


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed Trainees to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial on which the PI is a mentor or co-mentor.

Only one application per UM1 applicant institution is allowed.


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date

  • Application Due Date(s): Jan 26, 2022; May 13, 2022; Sep 16, 2022; Jan 13, 2023; May 12, 2023; Sep 15, 2023; Jan 12, 2024; May 17, 2024; Sep 13, 2024

PAR-21-338 Expiration Date September 14, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

NCATS solicits the submission of one set of companion applications. With this solicitation for the T32 application, a separate, companion FOA solicits applications for a required UM1 (PAR-21-293: Clinical and Translational Science Award). The UM1 and initial T32 applications must be submitted concurrently; a T32 application without the required companion UM1 application will not be reviewed. The T32 application will only be awarded if the UM1 application is awarded. Resubmission of a T32 without the required UM1 will be allowed only if the UM1 application is awarded.

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.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator 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/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees to the approved research training program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD/PI 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.

In order to ensure that the PD/PI has adequate time to devote to the training program, a UM1 PD(s)/PI(s) may not be a PD(s)/PI(s) on the T32 postdoctoral award.

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        Curriculum Development
        Medical - Clinical Science
        Medical - Translational

        External Deadline

        May 17, 2024