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Cancer Research Manpower - #93.398

The Research Manpower program provides support for research training in all scientific fields related to cancer. The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Fellows, are made directly to individuals for research training in biomedical sciences areas. In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training grants to institutions, to enable them to make NRSA awards to individuals selected by them. Each individual who receives a postdoctoral NRSA is obligated, upon termination of the award, to comply with certain service and payback provisions. Cancer Education Grants are designed to promote education programs carried out by organizations engaged in health-related education, research, or training, located in the United States, its possessions, or territories. Various Career awards are designed to sponsor the development of independent scientists. Individual short-term support for students is available under the Cancer Education Program.




(1) Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSAs: The applicant's academic record, research experience, citizenship, institutional sponsorship, and the proposed area and plan of training must be included in the application. (2) Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSAs: Applicants must show the objectives, methodology, and resources for the training program, the qualifications and experience of directing staff, the criteria to be used in selecting individuals for award and a detailed budget and justification for the amount of grant funds requested. (3) Institutional Cancer Education Grants: Applicants must describe the organization and administration of the proposed program, list and define institutional objectives, methodology, resources and techniques of evaluation, as well as a justification of proposed expenditures. (4) For Career awards, the applicant must provide documentation on the candidate, sponsor, career development plan, research proposed, and institutional commitment. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

The major elements in evaluating proposals include the assessment of: (1) The scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; (2) the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; (3) the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; (4) the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to announced program objectives.

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