So You Want to Apply for a NRSA

A tutorial to help pre-doctoral students apply for the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA).

About this Resource

This tutorial guides pre-doctoral researchers through the lengthy and complex application for the NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSA), including the F30, and F31 grants. The NRSA application can take at least 6 months to complete. The lecturer, a successful F31 awardee, provides an in-depth review of the entire NRSA application process and discusses how best to address and complete each section. She gives hands-on advice about matters such as writing effective research and personal statements and working with research sponsors, as well as nuts-and-bolts tips about navigating the NIH website and other details. This lecture should help applicants save time while creating the strongest possible NRSA proposal.

Course Syllabus/Topics

  • Getting Started with NRSA/Using the NIH Website
  • SF424 Research and Related Forms
  • Writing Your Project Summary, Narrative, Biosketch and Personal Statement
  • PHS Fellowship-Specific Components
  • Fellowship Applicant Information, Training and Career Goals
  • Sponsor Information Section: Working with your Sponsor
  • Budget and References
  • The NRSA Submission Process
  • The Scientific Review Group and the Application Review Process
  • Addressing Reviewer Concerns When Resubmitting Applications
  • Awards and Administrative Issues



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