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NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
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Limited Submission Announcement

The NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences supports broad and fundamental, early-stage graduate research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants (T32). Trainees are supported during years 1 and 2 of their graduate training when they are typically not committed to a dissertation laboratory.

Trainees are expected to be participants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in the neurosciences. NRSA encourages a curriculum that spans the breadth of neurosciences in terms of the level of analysis (genes to molecules to cells to integrated, functional systems and behavior), approaches (including translational research), and the neuroscience of disease and disorders. The training program should include core courses, including formal education in experimental design and statistics; laboratory rotations; and programmatic activities.

All applicants are asked to consult with the appropriate scientific/research contact for current information about this training program before preparing an application (see Section VII of the program announcement). Applicants for a new program are encouraged to consult the current chair of the trans-NIH Jointly Sponsored T32 steering committee (see Section VII.1).

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to a three-page summary of the proposed project, including 1) an overview of the research training program; 2) plans for recruiting students into the program, including students from underrepresented groups; and 3) plans for program evaluation.


Project periods up to five years in duration and are renewable. The NIH will offset the combined costs of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of the award. The rate currently provides 60 percent of the level requested by the applicant institution, up to $16,000 per year. If the program supports formally combined dual-degree training (e.g., M.D./Ph.D, D.D.S./Ph.D.), the amount provided per trainee will be up to $21,000 per year. With appropriate justification, applicants for a Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral T32 Program in the Neurosciences may request up to $750 annually per trainee for travel to attend scientific meetings and workshops. The applicant institution may request the NIH standard NRSA Training Related Expenses, $4,200 annually, for each predoctoral trainee to help defray health insurance and other research training expenses, such as staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies, and faculty or staff travel directly related to the research training program.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2009

Sponsor Deadline:

Letters of intent due April 25, 2009. Full proposals are due May 25, 2009.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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