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Alcohol National Research Service Awards For Research Training

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Alcohol National Research Service Awards For Research Training


Federal Agency




Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Section 487, as amended, Public Law 99-158, 42 U.S.C. 288.






To assure the maintenance of an adequate supply of well-trained alcohol researchers through the award of both individual fellowships and grants to training institutions for support of training at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and for Senior Fellowships and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships. Special predoctoral fellowships are also available for students with disabilities and for minority students. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports awards for training in clinical research, treatment assessment research, problems of health promotion and alcoholism prevention, and basic biological and behavioral processes applicable to alcohol research.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Individual grants are made to fellows seeking predoctoral or postdoctoral support for full-time research training. An institutional allowance will be provided, upon request, to the sponsoring institution for each awardee. In addition, any domestic public or nonprofit institution may apply for an institutional research training grant in a specified area of research from which a number of stipend awards will be made to individuals selected by the training program director at the institution. Support is available for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and for Senior Fellowships and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships. Special predoctoral fellowships are also available for students with disabilities and for minority students. Actual tuition and fees are allowable for trainees, and an amount for institutional expenses will be provided. Indirect costs may be requested at 8 percent of total direct costs, exclusive of tuition and related fees and expenditures for equipment, or actual indirect costs, whichever is less. Postdoctoral fellows and trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral NRSA support incur one month of payback obligation for each month of support. The 13th and subsequent months of postdoctoral NRSA support are considered payback service for prior postdoctoral support. Predoctoral fellows and trainees do not incur a service payback obligation. Stipend levels will be $16,500 for predoctoral awards and from $28,260 to $44,412 for postdoctoral awards dependent upon the number of years of relevant experience. Research training support may not be used for intern or other clinical training.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Domestic public or private nonprofit organizations may apply for institutional training grants. The sponsoring institution for a fellowship application may be a domestic private (profit or nonprofit) or public institution. The applicant institution must have, or be able to develop, the staff and facilities to provide the proposed research training in an environment suitable for performing high quality work. An applicant for individual predoctoral support must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program by the proposed activation date of the fellowship. A postdoctoral applicant must have received a doctoral degree. All individuals to be supported under the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) program must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals; public and private, profit or nonprofit organizations for fellowships. Public and private nonprofit organizations for institutional training grants.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulation 45 CFR Part 74, Subpart C, Section 74.27.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

The standard application forms, as furnished by PHS, must be used by applicants. Information concerning current areas of science being supported are available from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Completed applications should be submitted to the Center for Scientific Review National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Award Procedure

Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by nonfederal consultants recruited nationwide from the alcohol research field. Applications other than fellowship must also be reviewed by the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. If recommended for approval and a decision to make an award is made, a formal award notice will be sent to the applicant and sponsor. Students to be supported must submit required forms, including a payback agreement for postdoctoral level trainees.


Individual: April 5, August 5, and December 5; Institutional: May 10.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 5 to 7 months.


A principal investigator may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the staff of the Institute. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page .



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Policy limits an application for predoctoral fellowship support up to 5 years, and up to 3 years for postdoctoral support. Senior Fellowships are up to 2 years and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships are for up to 6 years. Awards for institutional grants may be made for project periods of up to 5 years.


Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress reports are required. Annual financial status reports are required for institutional National Research Service Awards. Annual reports of activities for tracking payback provisions are required from all postdoctoral fellows upon termination of support.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and subject to inspections and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.


Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved. Records relating to individual payback obligations are retained for one year after the individual has fulfilled or has been excused from fulfilling the payback obligation.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Fellowships) FY 07 $11,284,000; FY 08 est $11,284,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$16,000 - $542,000; $113,000.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

42 CFR 66; Guidelines included in application kits. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 90-50,000, (REV.) April 1, 1994. Specific program announcements are available electronically from the NIAAA World Wide Web Home Page on the Internet at or from the NIH Home Page under Institutes and Offices.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Program Contacts: Dr. Antonio Noronha, Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior: Telephone: (301) 443-7722. Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research: (301) 443-1274. Dr. Robert Huebner, Deputy Director, Division of Treatment and Recovery Research: (301) 443-4344. Dr. Samir Zakhari, Director, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects: (301) 443-0799. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Grants Management Contact: Ms. Judy Fox, Grants Management Officer, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Telephone: (301) 443-4704. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

93.271, Alcohol Research Career Development Awards For Scientists And Clinicians
93.273, Alcohol Research Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Family structure effects on personality of alcoholics: (2) neurophysiology of chronic alcohol consumption; (3) multi-disciplinary alcoholism research training; and (4) infectious and other diseases complicating alcoholism.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following considerations are used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Scientific and technical merit; (2) facilities and environment for the training program; (3) previous training records; (4) relevance to NIAAA priorities; and (5) potential contribution to field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.


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