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Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers

NIGMS participates in an NIH-wide program that provides administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities. The program provides administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals in a program designed to bring their existing research skills and knowledge up to date. It is anticipated that at the completion of the supplement, the re-entry scientist will be in a position to apply for a career development or research award.

Principal investigators at domestic institutions who have an active NIGMS research grant, program project grant, center grant or cooperative agreement research program with a reasonable period of research support remaining at the time of the supplemental award are eligible to submit a request to NIGMS for an administrative re-entry supplement to the grant. NIGMS does not support re-entry supplements on SCORE grants or to IDeA (COBRE and INBRE) grants. Candidates must have a doctoral degree, such as an M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., O.D., D.V.M. or equivalent; and must have been in a postdoctoral or faculty position at the time they left active research. The duration of the career interruption should be at least 1 and no more than 8 years. Supplemental awards may be made for up to 3 years. For additional information or examples of qualifying interruptions, please see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, May 25, 2016 (PA-16-289), or contact Dr. Mercedes Rubio at 301-594-3900.

The requested salary and fringe benefits for a re-entry candidate must be in accordance with the salary structure of the grantee institution, consistent with the level of effort. An additional amount of $10,000 may be requested for supplies, domestic travel and publication costs relevant to the proposed research. Equipment may not be purchased as part of this supplement without justification and specific prior approval by NIH.

Application and Submission Procedures

Application and Supplementary Information

Please see the Program Announcement for specific application requirements. NIGMS strongly encourages electronic submission via the Commons of the completed request, including all appropriate signatures and supporting documents, to be submitted as a single PDF document.

Submission and Review Process

Applications may be submitted at any time and are administratively reviewed within NIGMS on a rolling basis. Applicants should be aware that applications submitted after May 1 may not be awarded until the following November due to the change in fiscal year on October 1. We anticipate applicants will receive notification of a funding decision approximately 10 weeks after receipt of the application. This is a competitive program and funding is not guaranteed.​​

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This page last reviewed on May 31, 2016