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Frequently Asked Questions About Administrative Supplements to Predoctoral Training Grants


Q. Our institution has multiple schools and/or campuses, but the FOA states that only one application will be accepted per institution. How do you define institution?

A. For the purposes of this FOA, institution is defined by DUNS/NIH IPF (institutional profile) number.

Q. Our T32 programs are run from different campuses. Does one application per institution mean that we need to include the other campus?

A. If both T32 grants were issued to the same institution (as defined by DUNS number), PIs on different campuses need to cooperate with each other to devise curricula that will be useful to all of their students.

Q. Our institution has more than one eligible T32; can we submit a combined supplement, or do we need to submit separately?

A. If both T32 grants were issued to the same institution (as defined by DUNS number), you need to cooperate with each other to devise curricula that will be useful to all of your students. Separate submissions from the same institution are not allowed under this FOA.

Q. Do postdoctoral training grants and/or training grants that support both pre- and postdoctoral fellows need to be incorporated into our submission?

A. No. Include predoctoral T32s only.

Q. Our institution has only one eligible T32; can we apply?

A. Yes.

Q. Our current project period ends before June 30, 2018, but I just found out we will be renewed.  Are we eligible to submit a supplement?

A. No, you are not eligible.

Q. We have more than one eligible T32. Should we submit our supplement for the grant with the latest end date?

A. No. An application attached to an award with a later end date is no more likely to be chosen for funding than one attached to an award with the earliest eligible end date (June 30, 2018).

Q. Can we request up to $80K per year for each year remaining in the project period?

A. No. Funded applications will receive a one-time NoA this July or August to support their project. No additional NoAs will be issued in future years of the award. Please see NIH Guide Notice NOT-GM-16-060 for additional details.

Q. We’d like to use supplement funds to expand an existing program that trains students in how to conduct reproducible research; is this acceptable?

A. The funding mechanism being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving certain new research training objectives, as long as the research training objectives are within the original scope of the peer reviewed and approved project, or the cost increases are for unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project. In general, applications should clearly convey how, if awarded, supplement funds would produce curriculum changes that would not, and could not, have been achieved without this financial support.

Q. We’d like to use the supplement funds to support additional trainees; is this acceptable?

A. No.

Q. Can we develop resources to be used by postdoctoral fellows and/or undergraduates?

A. Postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows or other types of students (M.D.s, Pharm.D.s, undergraduates, etc.) are not identified as a part of the target audience for curricula developed with funds from this FOA.  Materials developed for the target audience, graduate students supported by an eligible T32, may also be distributed to some or all of the members of these other cohorts, if they are useful.

Q. Can faculty not named as key personnel on the submitting grant receive support if they participate substantially in the proposed activities?

A. Yes.

Q. We’re ready to upload our application to the eRA Commons. Where should the program plan be attached?

A. Include the Program Plan and any other required documentation as a PDF file using the “Add Other Attachments” function in the eRA Commons.

Q. We’re ready to submit our application to Grants.gov using the SF424 form. Where should the program plan be attached?

A. The Program Plan should be uploaded as a PDF under the heading “Research Training Program Plan Attachments” at section 3, “Program Plan.”

This page last reviewed on February 10, 2016