Accessible Search Form           Advanced Search

Skip left side navigation and go to content


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is one of many Institutes in the National Institutes of Health that participate in the "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)". This program offers health scientists the opportunity to receive full-time research training for up to 3 years in areas that reflect the national need for biomedical, clinical and behavioral research in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders. These grants are not intended for study leading to the M.D., D.O., D.D.S., or equivalent professional degrees, nor do they support residency training.

When the fellowship begins, the applicant must have received a doctoral degree and have arranged to work with a sponsor affiliated with an institution that has the staff and facilities needed for the proposed training. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the U.S. Training can be conducted abroad if the site provides opportunities that are not available in this country.

F32 Program Announcement (PA-14-149)

Who is eligible? All postdoctoral individuals who are eligible according to the NRSA F32 guidelines. Please review thoroughly the F32 eligibility requirements and the duration of support section in the program announcement.

The opportunities? Research training

Duration of support? Full-time for up to 3 years

Where? At research institutions

Applications due? April 8, August 8, and December 8

Allowable Costs: This F32 award provides a stipend, funds towards tuition and fees, and an Institutional Allowance which can be used to help defray fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings. See NOT-OD-14-046 for details.

Payback: One month of payback for each month of training, up to a maximum of 12 months. This requirement can be fulfilled by teaching or research (a minimum of 20 hours per week) on a continuous basis, beginning within 2 years after support ends.

How to apply: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through using the SF 424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for use by NIH and AHRQ applicants.

Page Limitations: All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.

Letters of Reference

Applicants must carefully follow the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide, including the time period for when letters of reference will be accepted (letters are due by the application due date as described in the Notice). It is important to note that neither the sponsor nor any co-sponsor of this application can be counted as a confidential reference. The sponsor/cosponsor's recommendation is included as part of the application. Applications lacking the appropriate required reference letters will not be reviewed. This is a separate process from submitting an application electronically. Reference letters are submitted directly through the eRA Commons Submit Reference Letter link and not through

Resources for F32 Candidates:

The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the category Request for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements.

NHLBI's Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR) Program Description

NHLBI's Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) Program Description

NHLBI's Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) Program Description

Please contact the following NHLBI staff member if you have questions about this award:

Wayne C. Wang, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Research Training and Career Development

Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI (responding for all NHLBI programmatic Divisions)
Rockledge II Building, Room 8140
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7940
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7940
Telephone: (301) 435-0535
FAX: (301) 480-7404

Revised: March 2014

Twitter iconTwitterimage of external icon Facebook iconFacebookimage of external icon YouTube iconYouTubeimage of external icon Google+ iconGoogle+image of external icon