The Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) are offered by the NIH to provide training opportunities for individuals at various stages of education and training, beginning at the baccalaureate level and through the postdoctoral phase.

The purpose of the F31 Predoctoral NRSA enables promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

The purpose of the F32 Postdoctoral NRSA is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

For assistance with an F grant, or to submit a sample F, contact the CCTS Research Commons (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


NIH Examples

The NIAID provides examples of well-written, top-scoring F-31 Diversity applications that you can view on their website. The following investigators listed below enable NIAID to deliver an invaluable resource to the research community.

Adjoa R. Smalls-Mantey of Columbia University Health Sciences
"Characterization of Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity in HIV Infection"

Juan Calix of University of Alabama at Birmingham
"The role of wcjE disruption in pneumococcal serotype 11A humoral escape"

To learn more about the F series, visit the NIH Individual NRSA Fellowships page.