Intramural Research Training Award
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRTA Traineeships are established for the principal benefit of the participants and to provide opportunities for developmental training and practical research experience in a variety of disciplines related to biomedical research, medical library research, and related fields. The IRTA components are: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA - designed to provide advanced practical research experience to physicians and other doctoral researchers who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers; 2) Predoctoral IRTA - designed to provide practical research training and experience to students, by supplementing academic course work and/or encouraging pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research to students enrolled in doctoral degree programs in biomedical sciences; 3) postbaccalaureate IRTA - designed to provide recent college graduates, particularly minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, an opportunity to postpone application to graduate or medical school and to provide a means to introduce individuals early in their careers to research, encourage their pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research, and allow additional time to pursue successful application to either graduate or medical school programs; and 4) student IRTA - designed to provide a developmental training experience to promising high school, undergraduate, and graduate or professional students who have expressed a strong interest in or are studying disciplines related to biomedical sciences.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Health Professionals Education Partnerships Act, Title IV, Section 409, 42 U.S.C. 282(b)(13)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Candidates for the IRTA Program must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA participants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent degree in biomedical, behavioral, or related sciences; or certification by a university as meeting all the requirements leading to such a doctorate; 5 or fewer years of relevant postdoctoral experience and up to 2 additional years of experience not oriented toward research (i.e., clinical training for physicians); 2) predoctoral IRTA participants must be: a) students enrolled in Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent degree programs at any accredited U.S. or foreign university, which frequently involves dissertation research. The research experience is undertaken as an integral part of the student's ongoing academic preparation and is credited toward completion of degree requirements; or b) students who have been accepted into graduate or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school to interrupt their current schooling and to return within 1 year to their degree granting programs; 3) postbaccalaureate IRTA participants are individuals who have received a bachelor's degree no more than 3 years prior to the activation date of the traineeship or a master's degree no more than 6 months prior to the activation date of the traineeship, and who intend to apply to graduate, other doctoral, or medical degree programs during the program or students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical degree programs and who have written permission of their school to delay entrance for up to 1 year; and 4) student IRTA participants are at least 17 years of age and are enrolled at least half-time in high school or have been accepted for or are enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in an accredited college or university and are in good academic standing. U.S. citizens may be enrolled anywhere in the world; permanent residents must be enrolled in the U.S.
The IRTA Program benefits the participants by combining an opportunity for study with practical work experience and valuable research training experience at the NIH.
These standards are contained in the Applicant Eligibility section.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E, Cost Principles.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Postdoctoral applicants submit their materials directly to NIH investigators; all other applicants submit materials to the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education via online application systems : 1) Postdoctoral IRTA applicants must submit the documents requested by the investigator, generally a CV and letters of reference; 2) predoctoral IRTA applicants must submit CV, bibliography, 3 letters of reference emphasizing research potential, statement of research goals, an official copy of undergraduate, graduate, and/or medical school transcript, and verification from the university that the applicant is in good academic standing, is enrolled in a doctoral degree program, and has the school's approval to participate. In addition, (if applicable), they must have written permission from their institutions to interrupt their educational program including a written agreement allowing students to return to their degree program within 1 year; 3) postbaccalaureate applicants must submit CV, 3 letters of reference emphasizing potential, statement of research goals, and official copy of undergraduate school transcript; and 4) student IRTA applicants must submit a resume or CV, 2 letters of reference, official copy of school transcript,and statement of interest in biomedical research.
Awards are made by the interested Institutes or Centers based on the information provided by the applicant, the availability of NIH researchers to provide training, and the availability of financial and other resources to support the research training.
November 15, 2019 to March 1, 2020 November 15, 2019 - March 01, 2020. Only the Student IRTA program has a deadline. The bulk of student IRTAs are summer interns. Applications are accepted from mid-November to March 1. Applications for other IRTA positions are accepted year round.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Individual NIH investigators select their own trainees. There is, thus, no firm timeline for notification.
1) Postdoctoral IRTA component: Initial traineeships are for 1 or 2 years with a maximum traineeship of 5 calendar years. 2) Predoctoral IRTA component: Initial traineeships are for 1 month to 2 years with a maximum traineeship of 5 calendar years. 3) Postbaccalaureate IRTA component: Initial traineeships are for 1 year with a maximum traineeship of 3 calendar years. 4) Student IRTA component: Initial traineeship is for 1 month to 1 year. The maximum traineeship period is unlimited as long as the student meets eligibility criteria.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Participants in the IRTA Program will be provided access to NIH facilities and equipment and assistance in their training from senior NIH researchers. Trainees may not engage in primary patient care activities, be assigned official supervisory responsibilities, or sign documents on behalf of the Government. Funding support will come from the individual National Research Institutes, Centers and Divisions (ICD) that comprise the National Institutes of Health. All funding is discretionary and subject to the availability of appropriations and apportionment. The IRTA Program does not include financial loans.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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
Monthly stipend payments are made directly to awardees. Monthly stipend payments are made directly to awardees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Sharon L. Milgram, PhD
, 2 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892 US
Patricia M. Sokolove, PhD
, 2 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892 USA
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$122,486,571.00; FY 19 est $123,711,436.00; FY 20 est $124,948,551.00; FY 17$113,993,420.00; - Includes awards to postdocs, graduate students, postbacs, and summer interns.(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$54,431,261.00; FY 19 est $55,373,205.00; FY 20 est $56,480,669.00; - Additional Information: Includes awards to postdocs, graduate students, postdocs, and summer interns.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal Year 2018: Fogarty International Center issued two Funding Opportunities in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy: Health-professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI: https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/health-professional-education-partnership-initiative-hepi.aspx) and African Association for Health Professions Education and Research (https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/african-association-health-professions.aspx). Both build on the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, which supported Medical Schools in Africa to increase the quality, quantity, and retention of physicians to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The new programs extend that goal to include nurses and other allied health professionals, interprofessional training, and integrated biomedical and clinical research. Eight HEPI awards and 1 Association award were issued at the end of the fiscal year. FIC also gave first awards in a new program to reduce Stigma to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care in low and middle income countries ( https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/stigma-hiv-aids.aspx). To further support our ongoing HIV programs worldwide, FIC offered supplements to develop courses and support Fellows in Mentorship and Leadership, which have large impacts on the success of scientific careers. We also participated in trans-NIH opportunities to make supplement awards to our existing programs in the areas of Alzheimer's Disease and Opioid alternative therapies. We issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for research training in Non-communicable Diseases Across the Lifespan ( https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/chronic-lifespan.aspx). Finally, we made numerous new awards to our standing Funding Opportunities, including Career Development Awards for US Scientists, Career Development Awards for Scientists from Low and Middle-income countries, Global Infectious Diseases Research Training, HIV Research Training, Global Fellows and Scholars Program, Bioethics, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Mobile Technologies and Health exploratory research grants, Non-communicable Diseases Exploratory research grants, and Brain Disorders across the Lifespan. Information on all our programs is available on our website: www.fic.nih.gov . Fiscal Year 2019: FIC made first awards in the Research Training in Non-communicable Diseases Across the Lifespan in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) program. We also re-issued Funding Opportunity Announcements for the continuation of our Stigma and HIV research program and our HIV Research Training programs. Two additional awards were issued in the HEPI program (see above). We offered several opportunities for grantees to apply for targeted supplements to their grants and issued supplements for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Bioethics Research, and Implementation Science associated with Brain and Neurological Disorders. With support from 15 NIH partners, under our Global Fellows and Scholars program we supported 116 young investigators from the U.S. and LMICs representing a large diversity of biomedical and clinical fields for one-year research training at NIH sites in LMICs. In addition, through an MOU with the Fulbright Foundation, we jointly sponsored 8 additional Fogarty-Fulbright Fellows to receive training at Global Fellows and Scholars sites. We continue to support a Bioinformatics training program through H3Africa and a research training program for junior faculty at African medical schools. Finally, we made numerous new awards to our standing Funding Opportunities that compete on an annual basis, including Career Development Awards for US Scientists, Career Development Awards for Scientists from LMICs, Global Infectious Diseases Research Training, HIV Research Training, Bioethics, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Mobile Technologies and Health exploratory research grants, Non-communicable Diseases and Injury Exploratory research grants, and Brain Disorders across the Lifespan research grants. Information on all our programs is available on our website: www.fic.nih.gov . Fiscal Year 2020: We anticipate continuing to fund our standing programs, as described above. We will present concepts for several new programs and issue associated Funding Opportunity announcements.
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