NIH Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is an institutional program that supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences. In addition to a broad education in the neurosciences, a key component will be a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning. JSPTPN programs are intended to be two years in duration, and students may only be appointed to this training grant during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that will have a significant impact on our understanding of nervous system function and the health-related research needs of the nation.

Training programs supported by a JSPTPN training grant must have a comprehensive, two-year training plan. Components include: core knowledge expectations, laboratory rotations, experimental design and statistical methodology, quantitative skills and literacy, professional skills, oversight of trainee mentoring and progression, enhancing workforce diversity, career opportunities, and evaluation.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST February 12, 2019

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (not required): 5:00pm MST April 25, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST May 25, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Research Training Program Plan Summary (up to 2 pages): Please describe the proposed training (including objective, program activities, breadth/depth of program, plans for instruction in the scientific method and statistical methodology, professional skills development, etc.), training program evaluation, the trainee candidate information.
  • Project Team Description (up to 2 pages): Please identify the program faculty and administration. Describe strengths, leadership and administrative skills, training experience, scientific experience, and active research of the PD/PI. Identify roles of program faculty, relevant expertise and experience, and expectations for faculty participation.
  • PI CV / Biosketch
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

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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 directly contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential trainees and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing training programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating trainees may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information

Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact a Scientific/ Research Contact at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Award Duration: Up to 5 years.