Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements (PCTAS) (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support eligible postdoctoral scientists maintain high productivity in an NIAID-funded laboratory while engaging in primary caregiver responsibilities. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIAID research grants to hire a full-time or part-time laboratory technician to work with the postdoctoral scientist on their project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.  

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed approximately four times a year (November, February, April, and May). Submit by the first of the preceding month to have your application reviewed at one of the listed months.
  • For awards before the end of a fiscal year—September 30—application should be submitted no later than April 1. Applications received after this date are considered for funding in the next fiscal year. 
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

PA-18-926 Expiration Date April 2, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

All organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement.

This announcement is for supplements to existing projects. To be eligible, the parent award must be active and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment. The proposed supplement must be to provide for an increase in costs due to unforeseen circumstances. All additional costs must be within the scope of the peer reviewed and approved project.

IMPORTANT: The research proposed by the NIH grantee in the supplement application must be within the original scope of the NIH-supported grant project.

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each is sufficiently distinct from any other administrative supplement currently under consideration by the awarding NIH Institute or Center.

    Amount Description

    The administrative supplement budget is limited to 1-2 years. The application budget cannot exceed a maximum direct cost of $50,000 for technician salary. In addition to the direct cost, applicable F&A (indirect) cost can also be requested.

    The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.   

    Funding Type





    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational

    External Deadline

    April 1, 2021