Major changes between NS-19-011 and NS-21-012

Institute Participation

  • The BRAIN Initiative will fund applications in addition to the NIH Blueprint.
  • NIDCD participation is limited to BRAIN Initiative research areas only; NIDCD does not participate in the NIH Blueprint.

Other Attachments

  • A Certification Letter is not required. Instead, applicants will include the Description of Candidate’s Contribution to Program Goals, as noted in the Application Guide.

Biographical sketch

  • In the "Personal Statement" section, in their mentoring and training philosophy, the sponsor and any co-sponsors should also include a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their training environments.

Applicant’s Background and Goals for Fellowship Training

  • Instructions for this section have been expanded and clarified. Carefully read the FOA for details.

Research Training Plan

  • Applicants should use the following two specific aims instead of three:
    • Specific Aim 1: The Dissertation Research Project. Provide a detailed description of the overall dissertation research project, what has been accomplished to date (preliminary data may be included), and the research to be completed in the F99 phase.
    • Specific Aim 2: The Postdoctoral Research Direction. Identify the research direction to be pursued for the K00 phase.
  • Applicants should organize their approach to mirror the two specific aims. Applicants should individually address the Significance and Approach for each Specific Aim.

Sponsor(s), Collaborator(s), and Consultant(s)

  • Instructions for this section have been expanded and clarified. Carefully read the FOA for details.

Letters of Support from Collaborators, Contributors, and Consultants

  • If an Advisory Committee is proposed, signed statements must be provided by each member of the proposed advisory committee.

Transition to the Postdoctoral Career Development K00 Phase

  • Instructions have been expanded and clarified.
  • Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their Program Official as soon as a plan to assume a postdoctoral position develops, and not later than 6 months prior to the proposed start date of the K00 award. The K00 postdoctoral phase institution must submit the materials on behalf of the candidate for the K00 award, no later than 3 months prior to the proposed start date of the K00 award.
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Form Approved OMB# 0925-0648 Exp. Date 05/31/2021