(CLOSED) NIH PAR-20-076 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Sponsor Name: 
National Institutes of Health
Description of the Award: 

The purpose of the Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is to provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable students to become successful research scientists at a time when the field is advancing at an astonishing pace. Neuroscience research increasingly requires investigators who can cross boundaries, draw on knowledge and approaches from various disciplines and levels of analysis, and apply this breadth of knowledge in novel ways to yield new discoveries about the nervous system. Moreover, the ability to conduct impactful neuroscience research requires strong foundational skills in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning related to study design, analysis and interpretation.

Breakthroughs in neuroscience have come, and will continue to come, not only from a deep and broad understanding of the nervous system, but also from an understanding of biological systems not historically associated with neuroscience. For example, blood brain barrier function is now known to be heavily dependent on the multidrug resistance transporter, inflammatory responses are key components of many neurological disorders, and metabolic processes historically associated with biology or diseases outside the nervous system are now known to play a role in both normal brain function and neurobiological disorders. To achieve the goals of the JSPTPN, students should therefore be exposed to a broad spectrum of relevant science. In addition, the training supported by the JSPTPN must be grounded in principles of rigorous experimental design, an understanding of the critical need for, and proper use of, statistics, and quantitative literacy.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Apr 27, 2020
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
May 26, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_NIH-20-076_2020 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) and identify the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3. 2-page NIH CV's of Investigators

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)
Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 4:00pm
Gregory Shearer (HHD)