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Intramural Research Training Award

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This federal aid program is managed by:

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Objectives:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRTA Traineeships are established for the principal benefit of the participants and to provide opportunities for developmental training and practical research experience in a variety of disciplines related to biomedical research, medical library research and related fields. The IRTA components are: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA - is designed to provide advance practical research experience to physicians and other doctoral researchers who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers; 2) Predoctoral IRTA - is designed to provide practical research training and experience to students, by supplementing academic course work and/or encouraging pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research to: a) students enrolled in doctoral degree programs in biomedical sciences; b) students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and wish an opportunity to delay or interrupt their education for an interim research experience before entering school; 3) post baccalaureate IRTA - is designed to provide recent college graduates, particularly minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, an opportunity to postpone application to graduate or medical school and to provide a means to introduce individuals early in their careers to the research field, encourage their pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research, and allow additional time to pursue successful application to either graduate or medical school programs; 4) technical IRTA - is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support professionals capable of performing the latest advanced techniques in a laboratory by developing the trainees' skills in the conduct of basic and applied research; and 5) student IRTA - is designed to provide a developmental training experience to promising high school and undergraduate and graduate students who have expressed a strong interest in or are studying disciplines related to biomedical sciences.

Funding obligations:

(Salaries) FY 09 $80,164,000; FY 10 est $81,328,000; FY 11 est $83,030,000 - Includes awards to postdocs, graduate students, postbaccs, and summer students.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Participants in the IRTA Program will be provided access to NIH facilities and equipment and assistance in their training from senior NIH researchers. Trainees may not engage in primary patient care activities, be assigned official supervisory responsibilities, or sign documents on behalf of the Government. Funding support will come from the individual National Research Institutes, Centers and Divisions (ICD) that comprise the National Institutes of Health. All funding is discretionary and subject to the availability of appropriations and apportionment. The IRTA Program does not include financial loans.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:

PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

No Data Available.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Monthly stipend payments are made directly to awardees. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Monthly stipend payments are made directly to awardees.

Applicant Eligibility:

Candidates for IRTA Program must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens: 1) Postdoctoral IRTA participants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent degree in biomedical, behavioral or related sciences; or certification by a university as meeting all the requirements leading to such a doctorate; and 5 or fewer years of relevant postdoctoral experience and up to 2 additional years of experience not oriented toward research (i.e., clinical training for physicians); 2) predoctoral IRTA participants must be: a) students enrolled in Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent degree programs at fully accredited U.S. universities, which frequently involves dissertation research. The research experience is undertaken as an integral part of the student's ongoing academic preparation and is credited toward completion of degree requirements; or b) students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school either to delay entrance for up to 1 year, or to interrupt their current schooling and to return within 1 year to their degree granting programs; 3) post baccalaureate IRTA participants are individuals who have graduated from a fully accredited college or U.S. university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of traineeship, and intend to apply to graduate or medical school in biomedical research within the next year or students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral or medical degree programs and who have written permission of their school to delay entrance for up to 1 year; 4) technical IRTA participants are individuals who have graduated from a fully accredited U.S. college or university with a bachelor's or master's degree in any discipline; and 5) student IRTA participants are at least 16 years of age and are enrolled at least half-time in high school or have been accepted for or are enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in an accredited U.S. college or university and are in good academic standing.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

The IRTA Program benefits the participants by combining an opportunity for study with practical work experience and valuable research training experience at the NIH.

Award Procedure:

Awards are made by the interested Institutes or Centers based on the information provided by the applicant, the availability of NIH researchers to provide training, and the availability of financial and other resources to support the research training.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Sharon L. Milgram, 2 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 Email: milgrams@od.nih.gov Phone: (301) 594-2053.

Website Address:

http://www.nih.gov .

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