Archive for July, 2009


IMPORTANT – Revisions to f31 applications announced today!

July 31, 2009

For all those applying for F31, NIH has JUST notified us that they messed up

Please note a description of the modifications:

NOTICE: See NOT-OD-09-131 ( for Corrections to the Instructions in SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH and AHRQ. No changes have been made to the related application package.

You can download the new application package from


Please see below for the following errors:

Specifically, errors in the instructions for items B.19 and B.20 of the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form on page I-86 have been corrected as shown below:

19.  Respective Contributions Attach a description, limited to no more than one page, of the collaborative process between you and your sponsor/co-sponsor in the development, review, and editing of this research training plan. Discuss the respective roles in accomplishing the proposed research.
20.  Selection of Sponsor and Institution Attach a description, limited to no more than one page, describing the rationale/justification for the selection of the sponsor and institution.
1.  Explain why the sponsor, co-sponsor (if any), and institution were selected to accomplish the research training goals.
2.  Doctorate or Current Institution. Since training is expected to broaden a fellow’s perspective, postdoctoral applicants requesting training at either their doctorate institution or at the institution where they have been training for more than a year must explain why further training at that institution would be valuable. Individuals applying for Senior Fellowships who are requesting training at the institution at which they are employed should provide a similar explanation. Ordinarily, the new training value of an environment diminishes as your association there lengthens. If you are staying at the same institution, explain briefly.
3.  Foreign Institution. If you are proposing a research training experience at a foreign institution, show that the foreign institution and sponsor offer special opportunities for training that are not currently available in the United States. Key factors in the selection of a foreign institution should be described. If applicable, the need for and level of proficiency in reading, speaking, and comprehending the foreign language should be addressed.

Lawrence Livermore National Library – Lawrence Scholar Program

July 22, 2009

Lawrence Livermore National Library (LLNL) provides Ph.D. students a unique opportunity to engage in collaborative research activities through employment assignments that are aligned with LLNL’s mission. The student’s research must be part of their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree and must be carried out at LLNL. Appointments are awarded on a competitive basis according to the quality of the proposed research program and the strength of the collaborative team.

Applications are due by September 18, 2009.

Appointments may be awarded to students pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, laser science, chemistry, engineering, computer science, biology, materials science, and related disciplines.  Successful applicants can be supported for a maximum of 4 years.

For more information, please visit the LLNL site:

For instructions on how to apply, visit:


More NIH information

July 20, 2009

As you prepare your applications, here are a few things to keep in mind:

do not put headers or footers in your attachments.  Please read the NIH SF424 guide for specifics on formatting.

NRSA Assurance forms will need to be signed by both the applicant and mentor(s).

-Begin each text section of the research plan with a section header (e.g., Introduction, Specific Aims, Background & Significance, etc.), but don’t forget it goes in as the body of text, rather than in the header!


Filling out your NRSA application

July 13, 2009


For those of you thinking of applying a NRSA, I’ve posted instructions on how to fill out the SF424 on the OGS website.  Please read it carefully, as the new online system is very particular and needs to be filled out exactly as required.

A few last notes:

  • Please remember that the Office of Graduate Studies will still need the NIH Assurance form, signed by you and your advisor.
  • We will need your application at least TWO weeks, but no less than five days, prior to the deadline (but the earlier, the better!).

Best of luck, and email me if you have any questions.  Happy writing!


Preparing your NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application

July 8, 2009

Hello graduate students,

For those of you preparing an NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA (F31) application for the August 8 and August 13 deadlines, here are some helpful links:

-Download the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31).

-Download the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.

-View (and use!) the nifty SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information.

-Here’s a helpful link on filling out the SF424

-Contact Angela Logan at OCGA to obtain an eRA commons login.

The forms have transitioned from PureEdge Viewer to Adobe Reader, so make sure you have the capability to read/fill out the forms!  As a reminder, OGS will require you to turn in your application at least two weeks, but no less than  FIVE days prior to the national deadline to give us ample time to review and submit on your behalf.

**Don’t forget, NIH will not be accepting any hard copy applications from here on out for the NRSAs!**

As always, contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Happy writing!


Preparing an NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application

July 2, 2009

A few helpful links as you prepare your NRSA applications:

-Here is a helpful guide on submission deadlines.  Please remember that the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) must act as the final submitter on your behalf, so make sure to keep me in the loop as you’re preparing your applications.

-Electronic application submission process and timeline.

-For signing official and business officer information, see the OGS website (If you are an MD or Pharmacy student, do not use the information on the OGS website.  Please contact Kerry Nare).