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

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fields.

The IRTA components are: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA - is designed to provide advance practical research experience to physicians and other doctoral researchers who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers; 2) Predoctoral IRTA - is 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: a) students enrolled in doctoral degree programs in biomedical sciences; b) students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and wish an opportunity to delay or interrupt their education for an interim research experience before entering school; 3) post baccalaureate IRTA - is 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 the research field, encourage their pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research, and allow additional time to pursue successful application to either graduate or medical school programs; 4) technical IRTA - is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support professionals capable of performing the latest advanced techniques in a laboratory by developing the trainees' skills in the conduct of basic and applied research; and 5) student IRTA - is designed to provide a developmental training experience to promising high school and undergraduate and graduate students who have expressed a strong interest in or are studying disciplines related to biomedical sciences.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

http://www.nih.gov




Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Candidates for 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; and 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 fully accredited U.S.

universities, 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, doctoral, or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school either to delay entrance for up to 1 year, or to interrupt their current schooling and to return within 1 year to their degree granting programs; 3) post baccalaureate IRTA participants are individuals who have graduated from a fully accredited college or U.S.

university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of traineeship, and intend to apply to graduate or medical school in biomedical research within the next year 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; 4) technical IRTA participants are individuals who have graduated from a fully accredited U.S.

college or university with a bachelor's or master's degree in any discipline; and 5) student IRTA participants are at least 16 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 U.S.

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.

Credentials/Documentation

These standards are contained in the Applicant Eligibility section.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applicant may send the application documentation to a specific IC, or send application documentation to the NIH Office of Education: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA applicants must submit CV, bibliography, 3 letters of reference, statement of research goals, official copy of transcript, and must provide an official copy of doctoral degree and brief summary of doctoral dissertation; 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 applicants is in good academic standing, is enrolled in a doctoral degree program, and that the school is agreeable to the student's participation. In addition, (if applicable), 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) post baccalaureate IRTA applicants must submit CV, bibliography, 3 letters of reference emphasizing potential, statement of research goals, and official copy of undergraduate school transcript; 4) technical IRTA applicants must submit a resume or CV, 2 letters of reference, statement of career goals, and official copy of undergraduate transcript; and 5) student IRTA applicants must submit a resume or CV, 2 letters of reference, official copy of school transcript, letter from school verifying academic standing, information on honors and achievements, and statement of interest in biomedical research.

Award Procedures

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.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

42 U.S.C. 282(b)(13); 42 U.S.C. 284(b)(1)(C); 42 U.S.C 287c-21(a); 42 U.S.C. 286b-3; 42 U.S.C. 287c-21; 42 U.S.C. Part 63; Health Professionals Education Partnerships Act, Title IV-Miscellaneous Provisions, Section 409.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally, an applicant is advised that an award has or has not been provided within 90 days from submitting an application.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

1) Postdoctoral IRTA component: Initial traineeship are for 1 or 2 years with a maximum traineeship of 5 calendar years. 2) Predoctoral IRTA component: Initial traineeship are for 1 month to 2 years with a maximum traineeship of 5 calendar years. 3) Post baccalaureate IRTA component: Initial traineeship is for 1 year with a maximum traineeship of 2 calendar years. 4) Technical IRTA component: Initial traineeship are for 2 years with a maximum traineeship of 3 calendar years. 5) 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Monthly stipend payments are made directly to awardees.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Not Applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0846-0-1-552.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 est $49,428,456; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

NIH wide Except for North Carolina (NIEHS), Montana (RML-NIAID), and Arizona (Phoenix, NIDDK) Postdoctoral: $37,100 to $67,000; Postdoctoral for North Carolina (NIEHS), Montana (RML-NIAID), and Arizona (Phoenix, NIDDK) $33,800- $67,000; NIH wide with Discretionary for North Carolina (NIEHS), Montana (RML-NIAID), and Arizona (Phoenix, NIDDK) Predoctoral $23,100 to $29,600, Post baccalaureate: $22,200 to $24,800, Technical $22,200 to $30,900, Student $1,500 to $2,900; If discretionary stipend levels are not used, stipends are as follows: North Carolina (NIEHS), Montana (RML- NIAID), and Arizona (Phoenix, NIDDK) Predoctoral $20,900 to $27,100, Post baccalaureate $20,200 to $22,700, Technical $22,200 to $28,100, Student $1,200 to $2,700.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 63.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Executive Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Shannon Building, Room 140, Bethesda, MD 20892. Telephone: (301) 496-4920.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Awardees are not selected on the basis of the cost of the proposed training, but rather on the applicant's qualification, research goals, and relevance to the goals of the institute extending the award.



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