IPERT Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Can IPERT provide support for scientific meetings, conferences, seminars, or similar activities?

No, applicants interested in obtaining support for these type of events should apply to the NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13). Note that NIGMS only funds R13 grants in limited circumstances, as described on the Support for Scientific Meetings (R13) page of the NIGMS website.

Can IPERT support activities at a national or regional scientific meeting without providing support to the conference?

Yes, IPERT activities may be held as an event within the schedule of sessions of a larger meeting.

Can IPERT support a one-time, integrated educational activity with skills development, mentoring and outreach?

Yes, IPERT does not need to support multiple years.

Is there a budget cap to the IPERT?

Yes, direct costs will be capped at $500,000 per year, but note that the budget for the integrated activities must be well-justified and related to the scope of IPERT.

Can one program support students or trainees at multiple academic levels?

Yes, as appropriate, an IPERT can support activities for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and/or faculty.

Can IPERT support research experiences for students?

No, IPERT is intended for an integrated program of activities including short courses/workshops, mentoring and outreach, in some balance. It is not designed to support extended mentored research experiences for students.

Can IPERT support activities that are offered throughout the year?

Yes, an integrated set of activities may include a year-long program of offerings for the same participants or different cohorts of participants.

Can IPERT support the activities and students associated with a specific department, program or institution?

No, IPERT must be open to eligible participants from any institution or organization who are in the targeted demographic for the proposed integrated program. An IPERT should describe how individuals may apply for and are selected to participate in the program of activities. An IPERT should be open to the broader biomedical community, serving at a national or regional scale.

What is required in the evaluation plan for an IPERT?

The evaluation plan should be designed to assess the accomplishment of the desired program outcome(s). A complete evaluation plan will have measurable goals and objectives that can be used to assess the success or impact of specific IPERT activities in achieving the desired outcomes. Please read FOA for a detailed description of what the evaluation plan should contain.

Must I provide a letter of intent?

No, but potential applicants are advised to speak with the program officer prior to submitting an application.

I am submitting a renewal application for my IPERT, can I just propose the continuation of previously supported activities?

No, renewal applications describing previously supported programs must strongly justify the need for the program and/or for continued funding from NIGMS, including new elements that build on the initial award activities.

Is a Sustainability Plan required?

Yes, applicants must describe how successful IPERT activities and elements will be continued beyond the duration of the award.