Summary Table of Research Levels for Research Supplements

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Note: Please view table in conjunction with Section B, 1-6 of the Guidelines to the Applicant.

Earliest start: applications should be submitted 3 months before the requested start date. Awards are generally made each month for the lower level supplements and 4 times per year in December, March, June, and September for the postdoctoral and investigator level supplements. Please see the specific supplement level for complete information.

Review Criteria for Prioritizing Applications:

  • The qualifications of the Candidate including grades, career goals, prior research training, previous publications, and research potential.
  • The plan for the proposed research experience in the supplemental request and its relationship to the parent grant and evidence from the Principal Investigator that the activities of the Candidate are an integral part of the project.
  • Evidence from the Principal Investigator that the experience will enhance the research potential, knowledge, and/or skills of the Candidate, and the provision of a well defined mentoring plan.

HSS: High School Student Supplement

URS: Undergraduate Research Supplement

PBS/PMS: Post-Baccalaureate & Post-Master's Degree Supplements

GRS: Graduate Research Assistant Supplement

PDS: Postdoctoral Supplement

IRS: Investigator Research Supplement


LEVEL CANDIDATES APPLICATION AWARD LIMITATIONS
HSS - Enrolled in high school or GED program

- Interest in science

- Completed Face Page of PHS 398
- Signed cover letter by PI and Institutional Official
- Detailed research plan
- Mentoring plan
- Biosketch-Candidate
- Career goals statement
- Research plan
- Most recent transcript (C+ average or better)
- Letter from school official on school letterhead
- Budget

- For 1 to 4 years with a minimum 3 months full time research effort each year or equivalent. Students seeking to do research 2 or more years are preferred.

Budget requests of up to $4,000 in total direct costs may include:

- Salary up to $3,000 per year.

- Supplies, travel (scientific meetings, home, school, and/or research site), and other -$1,000 per year


- No equipment

- Up to 2 HSS per grant, project in multi-project grant, contract

- Nontransferable

URS - Full-time or Part-time student pursuing Bachelor’s degree in biomedical, behavioral, nursing, computational, and related sciences at a four-year institution, community or junior college. - Completed Face Page of PHS 398
- Signed cover letter by PI and Institutional Official
- Detailed research plan
- Mentoring plan
- Biosketch-Candidate
- Career goals statement
- Research plan
- Most recent transcript (C+ average or better)
- Budget

- For 1 to 4 years with a minimum of 3 months full time research effort each year or equivalent; six months of research experience is encouraged. PIs and Contractors are encouraged to train students for 2 or more years. Under certain circumstances, a URS student may continue to do research during the summer after graduation provided adequate time remains on the parent grant or contract.

- Salary max- $10 per hour

- Supplies, travel (up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meeting(s) or between home/school and worksite), and other up to $2,400

- No equipment

- Up to 2 URS per grant, project in multi-project grant, contract

- Nontransferable

PBS/PMS - Recently completed Bachelor’s or Master degree (within 18 months) with expressed intent of completing graduate/medical degree

- Has never held previous PBS/PMS

- Completed Face Page of PHS 398
- Signed cover letter by PI and Institution Official
- Detailed research plan
- Mentoring plan
- Biosketch-Candidate
- Career goals statement
- Cover letter, include reason for year hiatus; statement of intention to enter grad/med school
- Most recent transcript (C+ average or better)
- Budget

Application can initially request no more than 12 months’ support
- full-time effort required (e.g., 40 hrs/wk)

- Salary including fringe benefits up to $26,000 per year

- Max $4,000 per year for supplies, travel (up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meeting(s), and other

- No equipment

- Requires at least 1 year remaining on grant/contract

-Earliest start: beginning in June through the end of September. PBS/PMS awards will be made for 12 months.

- Nontransferable

GRS

- Doctoral or Masters level student

- Biomedical, behavioral, nursing, public health, computational, and related sciences.

- Completed Face Page of PHS 398
- Signed cover letter by PI and Institutional Official
- Detailed research plan
- Mentoring plan
- Biosketch-Candidate
- Career goals statement
- Budget

- For 1 to 4 years with full-time research effort required for graduate students enrolled in master's or doctoral programs. A minimum of 3 months full-time research effort each year or equivalent is required for medical or students of other allied health professions.

-Salary including fringe benefits up to $26,000 per year

- Max $4,000 a year for supplies, travel (up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meeting(s), and other.

- No equipment

- Requires at least 1 year remaining on grant/contract

- Not allowable on R15, R21

- Nontransferable

PDS - Doctoral level degree

- No previous funding as PI or project leader on PHS grant/subproject/contract

- Completed Face Page of PHS 398
- Signed cover letter by PI and Institutional Official
- Detailed research plan should also include:
a projected timeline delineating anticipated research milestones and other specific activities that will be made in an attempt to secure independent research funding;
and a justification for duration of requested support.
- Mentoring plan
- Biosketch-Candidate
- Career goals statement
- Budget

- For a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years

- Requires 2 years commitment

- Full-time research effort required at 40 hour per week

- Individuals with clinical research, or teaching responsibilities may request minimum 50% effort.

- Salary including fringe benefits up to $40,000/year

- Maximum $10,000 a year for supplies, travel (up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meeting(s), and other


- No equipment

- Requires 2 years remaining on parent grant/contract

- Not allowable on R15, R21

- Nontransferable

IRS - Doctoral level degree

- Recently appointed junior faculty (typically within 24 months) seeking transition research support toward independent research career

- 3 years Post Doctoral experience

- No previous funding as PI or project leader on PHS grant/subproject/contract

- Completed Face Page of PHS 398

- Signed cover letter by PI and Institution Official

- Detailed research plan should also include:
a projected timeline delineating anticipated research milestones and other specific activities that will be made in an attempt to secure independent research funding;
and a justification for duration of requested support

- Mentoring plan

- Biosketch-Candidate

- Career goals statement

- Budget


- For a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years.

- Supports 90% research effort

- Individual with significant clinical, research, or faculty-related (e.g. teaching) responsibilities may request minimum 50% effort

- Requires 2 years commitment

- Maximum of $75,000 salary plus fringe benefits

- Maximum of $10,000 a year for supplies & travel (up to $1,000 for travel to scientific meeting(s)

- No equipment

- Requires 2 years remaining on parent grant/contract

- Not allowable on R15, R21

- Nontransferable

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