Intramural Research Training Award


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRTA Traineeships/Fellowships 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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
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?
Applicant Eligibility
Candidates for the IRTA Program must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents: 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; 5 or fewer years of relevant postdoctoral experience and up to 2 additional years of experience not oriented toward research; 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 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 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 student in an accredited college or university and are in good academic standing.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.
Application Procedure
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(s), 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.
Award Procedure
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, 2022 to March 1, 2023 This is the standard application period for the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). The bulk of Student IRTAs are summer interns. Applications are accepted from mid-November to March 1, though certain SIP sub-programs have specific deadlines within this general range. August 1, 2023 to December 1, 2023 This is the standard application period for several NIH Graduate Partnerships Program Institutional Partnerships. This is one path for admission for Predoctoral IRTAs. Additional admissions paths for Predoctoral IRTAs are available year round. Applications for Postbaccalaureate and Postdoctoral 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.
Not applicable.
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?
Not applicable.
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?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not Applicable.
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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sharon L. Milgram, PhD
2 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892 US
Phone: (301) 594-2053

Philip Y. Wang, PhD
2 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892 USA
Phone: 301-451-8268
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$141,301,756.00; FY 23 est $159,168,259.00; FY 24 est $167,126,672.00; FY 21$145,211,696.00; FY 20$127,835,672.00; FY 19$127,334,341.00; FY 18$122,486,571.00; FY 17$113,993,420.00; - Includes awards to postdocs, graduate students, postbacs, and summer interns.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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