Cancer Research Manpower


To make available support to nonprofit and for-profit institutions interested in providing biomedical training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in basic, clinical, and prevention research important to the National Cancer Program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FY 2016 Manpower Award estimates that 1,416 awards will be made. In FY2016, 545 individual full time training position awards (FTTP/awards) were made and 228 of the 545 were competing awards totaling $9,511,000. In FY2016, 144 institutional awards with 947 FTTPs were made and 45 of the 144 were competing awards totaling $13,956,000. In FY2016, 402 Career awards were made totaling $71,601,000. In FY2016, 74 Cancer Education awards were made totaling $23,260,000.
Fiscal Year 2017 FY2017 Manpower Award estimation is 481 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 FY2018 Manpower Award estimation is 1,167 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 FY2019 Manpower Award estimation is 1,314 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 FY2020 Manpower Award estimation is 1,028 awards.
Public Health Service Act, Sections 413 and 487, as amended, Public Law 100-607, 42 U.S.C. 285a, 42 U.S.C. 288.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
University, college, hospital, public agency, or nonprofit research institution for institutional grants and individuals for fellowships. The applicant institution must be able to provide the staff and facilities and be responsible for the selection of trainees and overall direction of the training. Selected awardees must be citizens of the United States or be admitted to the United States for permanent residency. Career and Cancer Education awards may be given to for-profit institutions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
University, college, hospital, public agency, nonprofit research institution or for-profit institution.
(1) Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSAs: The applicant's academic record, research experience, citizenship, institutional sponsorship, and the proposed area and plan of training must be included in the application. (2) Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSAs: Applicants must show the objectives, methodology, and resources for the training program, the qualifications and experience of directing staff, the criteria to be used in selecting individuals for award and a detailed budget and justification for the amount of grant funds requested. (3) Institutional Cancer Education Grants: Applicants must describe the organization and administration of the proposed program, list and define institutional objectives, methodology, resources and techniques of evaluation, as well as a justification of proposed expenditures. (4) For Career awards, the applicant must provide documentation on the candidate, sponsor, career development plan, research proposed, and institutional commitment.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications for the Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA must be prepared using the PHS 416-1 application form and instructions for Individual National Research Service Award Fellowships (rev. 10/05). The PHS 416-1 is available at For further assistance, direct inquiries may be made to or (301) 435-0714. Applications for the Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA must be prepared using the PHS 398 Form (Revised 9/2004). Refer to Section IV of the instructions titled Instructions For Preparing An NRSA Application. The PHS 398 Form (Revised June 2009) is available at Applications for Cancer Education and Career grants must be prepared using the PHS 398 Form. Refer to Section III of the instructions, Preparing An Individual CDA Application. Applicants are advised to consult the "Submitting an Application" section of the Program Announcement, since each award has distinct application criteria. Completed applications should be submitted to the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7710 (Bethesda, MD 20817 for express/courier service).
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by an appropriate study section, committee, or advisory council. If recommended for approval and a decision to make award is made, a formal award notice will be sent to the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 10 months.
A principal investigator (P.I.) may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the staff of the Institute. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available under the Review Criteria section of the NIH Office of Extramural Research website at
Cancer Education Grants may be made for periods of up to 5 years and renewals may be submitted when appropriate. Research training grants may be renewed for additional project periods of 5 years. Only the following Career awards are renewable: K05 and K24 only a one-time renewal after a 5-year project period, and the K12 up to 5 years (Trainees 2-7 years).
How are proposals selected?
The major elements in evaluating proposals include the assessment of: (1) The scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; (2) the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; (3) the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; (4) the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to announced program objectives.
How may assistance be used?
The Research Manpower program provides support for research training in all scientific fields related to cancer. The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Fellows, are made directly to individuals for research training in biomedical sciences areas. In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training grants to institutions, to enable them to make NRSA awards to individuals selected by them. Each individual who receives a postdoctoral NRSA is obligated, upon termination of the award, to comply with certain service and payback provisions. Cancer Education Grants are designed to promote education programs carried out by organizations engaged in health-related education, research, or training, located in the United States, its possessions, or territories. Various Career awards are designed to sponsor the development of independent scientists. Individual short-term support for students is available under the Cancer Education Program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last financial status report for the report period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Shamala K. Srinivas
9609 Medical Center Drive
Seventh Floor, West Tower, 7W530, MSC 9750
Rockville, MD 20850 US
Phone: 240-276-6442
Fax: 240-276-7682
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$175,322,000.00; FY 19 est $204,675,000.00; FY 20 est $184,822,000.00; FY 17$172,980,000.00; FY 16$167,877,000.00; - Cancer Research Manpower Grants FY2016 act. $167,877,000 FY2017 act. $172,980,000 FY2018 act. $175,322,000 FY2019 est. $204,675,000 FY2020 est. $184,882,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $4,200 to $1,097,811 Average: $150,233
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 6; 42 CFR 66; 45 CFR 75 Application kit, National Institutes of Health; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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