The purpose of the NCI F31 award is to support promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. The NCI F31 application has two components: 1) it must enhance the applicant's understanding of the health-related sciences; 2) the research conducted must be within the broad scope of the basic, clinical, and population science based research mission of the NCI. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications during the first three years of training to ensure that at least one year of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.
The NCI uses the F31 fellowship to provide support for graduate research training that leads to attainment of a PhD degree. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications during the first three years of training to ensure that at least one year of dissertation-stage research training will remain at the time of award.NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training.
The primary sponsor must be the Principal Investigator (PI) of an R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed cancer-focused research grant at the time of application. The primary sponsor is expected to maintain such grant support during the project period. For the NCI F31 award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations. The award duration must be for at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.
NCI fellowships that are discussed will be assigned a priority score and a percentile indicating the application’s relative standing among applications reviewed in the same study section. Applications that are not discussed will not be assigned a priority score or a percentile. All applications will receive the reviewers comments or “summary statement” approximately one month after the study section meets.
For more complete information, please refer to the program announcement and/or contact the program staff.
|Foreign Nationals and Student Visas||Not eligible for this award|
|Degree/Academic Appointment||Predoctoral Fellows|
|Geographic Location||F31 Fellows can work anywhere in the world; proper scientific justification is required|
|Effort Level/ Commitment||At least 40 hours per week, full-time effort, to the training program|
|Duration of the Award||Up to 5 yrs |
Individual fellowship awards are generally not renewable. In rare cases in which fellowship awardees require further fellowship support, they should consult with NIH staff to obtain advice regarding submission of a renewal application
Tuition, Fees, Training Related Expenses and Health Insurance
|Tuition and Fees||The NCI will pay 60% of the combined amount requested for tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year|
|Training related expenses and health insurance||The NCI will pay up to $4,200 (in FY12) annually for each predoctoral trainee to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance (self-only or family, as applicable), research supplies, equipment, and travel to scientific meetings.|
Program Announcement & Related Links
|Program Announcement||Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)|
|Current List of F31 Awards||Funded Active F31|
|Link of Peer Review Groups||http://cms.csr.nih.gov/PeerReviewMeetings/Fellowship/|
|Application Form and Details||Link to Application Forms and Instructions|
|Termination Notice||Terminations are submitted via xTrain by the institutes' business official|