Dr. Rozalyn Anderson, Associate Director of the Biology of Aging and Age Related Diseases T32 Training Program, addresses a group of trainees at the first annual Madison Scholars Symposium

Training Grant Preparation


The overall goal of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website. The NRSA program has been the primary means of supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs since enactment of the NRSA legislation in 1974. NRSA programs have since expanded to include Research training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission.

Institutional NRSA programs allow the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) to select the trainees and develop a program of coursework, research experiences, and technical and/or professional skills development appropriate for the selected trainees. Each program should provide high-quality research training and offer opportunities in addition to conducting mentored research. The grant offsets the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses, including health insurance, for the appointed trainees in accordance with the approved NRSA support levels.

Applying for a Training Grant?

Submitting a new or competitive renewal training grant application requires thoughtful planning. In advance of writing and collecting data for the application, be sure to review the relevant funding opportunity announcement.

All applicants (PIs) are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant NIH Program Officer for advice on submitting a proposal. For new applications, prospective PIs should confirm the proposed program fits within the mission of the respective NIH institute and discuss any unique policies or requirements the NIH Institute has relating to training grants when they meet with the Program Officer.

Sample Timeline for Training Grant Development (new application)

Sample Timeline for Training Grant Development (renewal application)

Training Grant Resources

The information below provides important details on how to apply for an institutional research training grant as well as associated resources to address required components of the application.

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NIH T32 Checklist for Submissions



Requesting an Institutional Letter of Support

The institutional letter of support is provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). All requests for an institutional support letter must be received 30 days prior to the submission deadline and sent to traininggrants@wisc.edu.

Guidance for T32 Institutional Support Letter (Parent T32)

Guidance for NIGMS T32 Institutional Support Letter (PAR 20-213 and PAR-19-036)

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts and Resources (Trainers and Trainees)

UW–Madison Libraries and the Office of Inclusion Education, have partnered to develop two online micro-courses to expand your knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  These non-graded, self-paced and interactive professional learning objects aim to expand learners’ knowledge of social justice, including race in your classroom and facilitating discussions around racial topics.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Resources

Resources for Rigor and Reproducibility Training

Resources for Trainees

Resources for Mentors

Located on campus, CIMER provides resources for organizations and institutions to improve research mentoring relationships. They provide consultations, trainings and curricula.

UW-Madison is one of 5 collaborating institutions and leads one of the 5 core initiatives, specifically the Mentor Training Core (MTC) as part of NRMN. MTC serves as a national hub to prepare mentors and mentees in biomedical research through training, both in-person and online.

Safety in Research Training

Other Resources