The Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is an institutional program that supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences. In addition to a broad education in the neurosciences, a key component will be a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning. . JSPTPN programs are intended to be two years in duration, and students may only be appointed to this training grant during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that will have a significant impact on our understanding of nervous system function and the health-related research needs of the nation.
Eligible applicants include Higher Education Institutions, including Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education. The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential trainees and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing training programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating trainees may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.
Program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program. Established program faculty should also have a record of successful research training, including former trainees who have productive research careers relevant to the NIH mission. Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.
The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement (//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/url_redirect.htm?id=61131). Trainees may only be supported during years 1 and/or 2 of graduate research training.
All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment, except with prior approval of the NIH awarding unit. Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Students in the PhD phase of dual-degree programs are eligible for the JSPTPN program.
Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for two years or more to engage in full-time neuroscience research training in a degree-granting program before completing their formal training programs are also eligible.
OSP DEADLINE: April 28, 2017