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What Are National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grants?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants are also referred to as National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional grants or as T32 or T35 grants, because the NIH identification numbering system uses activity code T32 or T35 to identify training grants. The T32 and T35 grants support predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research training experiences in specified areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research.

T32 Grants

NIH T32 grants are provided to an eligible institution, such as the University of Pittsburgh, to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals selected by the institution. The purpose of the training program grants is to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles to advance the nation's biomedical and clinical research agenda.

T32 grants support trainees for up to 1 year but possibly more. They may not be used to support trainees who are only working toward a clinical degree (such as an MD, DDS, or other health professional degree) unless the studies are part of a formal combined research degree program, such as an MD/PhD program.

T35 Grants

NIH T35 grants provide research training during off-quarters or summer periods. They are short-term awards available to institutions to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools. T35 grants may be used to support other types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging, scientific areas that are relevant to the mission of the specific NIH institute or center that is funding the T35. Awards for T35 institutional training grants may be for project periods up to 5 years in duration. Trainees selected for short-term training are required to pursue research training for 2–3 months on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours a week to the program.

University of Pittsburgh T32/T35 Database

To search the database for examples of successfully funded federal grant applications written by faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, click here.