Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Complementary Health Practitioner Research Experience (Admin Supplements)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

 The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) encourages applications for administrative supplements to NCCIH-supported awards to support complementary health practitioners in an intensive, supervised research experience that will lead to a better understanding of, and practical experience in, complementary and integrative health research.

The research opportunity supported under this NOSI is intended to provide a vehicle for complementary health practitioners to obtain research skills that will benefit the complementary health research community, as these individuals bring an in-depth knowledge of the complementary health practices to the research enterprise. NCCIH expects that participation in the research experience supported under this NOSI will help encourage and prepare complementary health practitioners to pursue additional NIH-supported research training (e.g., Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32), Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23), etc.) or other research opportunities.

A complementary health practitioner may be supported once in their career under this administrative supplement (with an opportunity to renew support one time for a maximum of two years of support). The candidate should not be supported on a federally funded research grant at the time of submitting the administrative supplement request. The complementary health practitioner candidate must devote at least 75 percent effort to research-related activities supported by this administrative supplement. Depending on the level of experience, a candidate may propose their own project within the scope of the parent grant, may propose secondary analyses related to the parent grant project, or at minimum, should propose to be sufficiently immersed and actively involved in an ongoing research project within the parent award such that the candidate has an in-depth research experience.In addition, it is expected that the candidate will take part in regular research group meetings, appropriate seminars, and regular meetings and mentoring sessions with the PD/PI of the parent grant. Candidates can propose to gain experience in basic, mechanistic, translational, and/or clinical research.This initiative will not support clinical residency training or other clinical practitioner training.

Complementary health practitioners may seek out eligible NCCIH grantees for potential research opportunities and support under this Notice of Special Interest using the NIH RePORTER system ( with the understanding that prospective NCCIH-funded recipients must determine whether a mentoring arrangement is appropriate and feasible before submitting a supplement request. The NCCIH-funded recipient will submit the application for the supplement. Supplements awarded under this NOSI will provide support to practitioners for a one year research experience, with the option to submit a new application to renew support for a second year.

Application Due Dates: March 1, and June 3, and November 1, 2024., March 3, and June 2, and November 3, 2025, and March 2, and June 1, and November 2, 2026



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Eligibility Requirements

All grant awards made by NCCIH with the exception of the following: F30, F31, F32, T32, T35, K99, K01, K08, K23, R13, and U13. Eligibility criteria can be found within PA-20-272.
Funded PIs together with the complementary health practitioner candidates are strongly encouraged to contact NCCIH program staff to discuss their concepts and eligibility prior to submitting their application.


For this NOSI, complementary health practitioners include licensed practitioners including (but not limited to): licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists, and/or art-based therapists; certified yoga therapists; chiropractic doctors; doctors of physical therapy; and naturopathic or osteopathic physicians.

Within the framework of this Program's commitment to excellence and projected need for investigators in particular areas of research, practitioners from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences are especially encouraged to work with eligible institutions to apply (see NOT-OD-20-031).

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 1, 2024