Transitioning Our Participation in NRSA Individual Predoc Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research to the ARC Program


We recently issued an NIH Guide notice (NOT-GM-24-013) informing the community that NIGMS will discontinue participation in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity), effective April 9, 2024. The last submission date for new or resubmission applications is April 8, 2024.

To continue our support of graduate student training, we’ve launched the Advancing Research Careers (ARC) (F99/K00) program. ARC is a new multi-institute and center effort to support promising, late-stage graduate students from diverse backgrounds—for example, those from underrepresented groups (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity)—to transition into and succeed in mentored postdoctoral research positions. Graduate students who require at least 1 to 2 years of predoctoral research training and are interested in pursuing mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities are encouraged to apply to the new ARC program. Students who previously applied to NIGMS for funding through the Parent F31-Diversity funding opportunity may be eligible to apply.

NIGMS will continue to participate in the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30). We’ll also continue to invest significantly in predoctoral graduate training and efforts to broaden participation in the biomedical research workforce via our Institutional NRSA (T32s): 

In addition, we’ll continue to support individual predoctoral trainees through the research supplements to promote diversity in health-related research.

Questions about the Diversity F31 program should be directed to Jeremy McIntyre or Joyce Stamm. Questions about the ARC program should be directed to Laurie Stepanek.

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