Administrative Supplements to Institutional Training Grants

NIGMS has provided administrative supplements to institutions with NIGMS institutional training (T32, T34), institutional career development (K12), and certain research education program (R25) awards to enhance the research training environment through the development of evidence-informed activities in the following areas:

Funded supplements are listed on the TWD Dashboard.​


The parent award must be active (within the originally reviewed and approved project period) when the supplement application is submitted and may not be in a No-Cost Extension (NCE).

An applicant institution (normally identified by having a unique entity identifier such as DUNS number or NIH Institutional Profile File - (IPF) may submit only one application in each topic area. For institutions with two or more NIGMS grants, NIGMS expects that the Program Directors/Principal Investigators will cooperate to develop curricula and/or activities that are broadly applicable to individuals at their institution and that a single supplement request will be submitted through one of the eligible NIGMS awards.


Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following funding opportunity announcement or its subsequent reissued equivalent.

  • PA-20-272 -"Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)"​

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • For funding consideration, applicants must include the notice term (for example NOT-GM-22-014) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4b) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4b will not be considered.
  • Budget
    • Application budgets are limited to $80,000 direct costs (plus applicable F&A costs​) and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
    • Funds from this supplement may be used for salary support of individuals designing, directing, and implementing the proposed activity. Funds may also be used for administrative staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, faculty/staff travel, and other expenses directly related to the proposed activity.
    • Funds from this supplement must be expended within one year of the supplement award issue date.
    • Applicants should note that the funds from this supplement cannot be used to support trainee stipends or tuition (T32 or T34), participant costs (R25), or scholar costs (K12).
  • Research Training Program Plan (limited to 3 pages): In the Program Plan attachment, include the summary or abstract of the funded parent award(s), and describe the following:
    • The need for the proposed funding. Describe how the proposed activities will enhance the research training environment and will synergize with, but not duplicate, ongoing efforts in this area.
    • A description of the activities and the potential impact on the institution.
    • How the proposed activities will be assessed.
    • How the effective activities developed with this funding will be incorporated into the existing biomedical training program(s).
    • Plans for disseminating the activities and outcomes.
    • Plans for and institutional commitment to sustainability of the proposed activities.​