NIEHS -- Annual KC Donnelly Externship - Promotion of Translational/Transdisciplinary Efforts in Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The Superfund Research Program (SRP) announces administrative supplements named in honor of Dr. KC Donnelly, Department Head of Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M University, who passed away on July 1, 2009. Dr. Donnelly's research consisted of studying environmental exposure and genotoxicity of complex chemical mixtures. He was also a dedicated mentor to his students and post-doctoral researchers, instilling in them the importance of applying their knowledge and findings to communities exposed to environmental contaminants.

The SRP recognizes a compelling need to promote transdisciplinary and translational research among early investigators (e.g., graduate students/post-doctoral researchers) which includes the recruitment of talented researchers and improving the quality of the educational and training environment. The purpose of these supplements is to provide current SRP-funded graduate students/post-doctoral researchers with translational/transdisciplinary opportunities and experiences within other SRP-funded centers, government laboratories (EPA, ATSDR, NIEHS), or other agencies (state, local, Tribal). Examples of these types of externship experiences include:

  • A graduate student performing laboratory research would like to learn a novel analytical technique at another SRP funded center to enhance his/her research project.
  • A post-doctoral researcher conducting epidemiology research would like to understand how their results may apply to risk assessment at a federal agency.
  • A graduate student conducting remediation research would like to participate in a community engagement activity at another SRP funded center.

Institutions with Center grants (i.e., P42) are limited to two applications per cycle; R01 investigators are limited to one application.


  • Required Letter of Intent: Dec. 22, 2019
  • Application: Jan. 31, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  • A graduate student (Master's or Ph.D.) or a postdoctoral researcher (status must be maintained for duration of externship).
  • Conducting research/activities in any SRP R01 grant or project/core within an SRP Center.
    (Note: If the grant is in a no-cost extension, the grantee should contact the Program Administrator assigned to the grant to discuss the specific nature of the no-cost extension and plans to submit an application.)

SRP highly encourages the student/post-doctoral researcher to develop and write the application, but the official application must be submitted by the Center Director (for P42s) or the Principal Investigator (for R01s) from the parent institution. The applicant and Principal Investigator are strongly encouraged to contact their respective Program Administrator (listed on the Notice of Award; see contacts below) to discuss their application. They should also consult with their university's business official for guidance on developing budget pages. Applicants should also consult with their university's business official to determine that acceptance of the KC Donnelly Externship Award does not conflict with the terms and conditions of fellowships or other salary support held by the applicant.

Amount Description

  • Support for up to three (3) months consisting of supplies, travel, and housing costs for the duration of the externship (amount not to exceed $10,000 direct costs).
  • Travel funds to attend the SRP Annual Meeting where the recipient is invited to present their research. These costs should be included in the application budget.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 22, 2019