NINDS Mentored Research Continuity supplements are intended to help provide additional funds to ensure continued research progress for recipients of NINDS mentored career development (K) awards whose research program is impacted by a critical life event.
To be eligible, PIs must hold an active NINDS K award that will remain active during the period proposed for use of the supplement. Eligible activity codes include K00, K01, K02, K08, K22, K23, and K99. NINDS Intramural K99 and K22 awardees are not eligible for this funding opportunity but should consult with the NINDS Scientific Director for information about resources during critical life events.
For the purposes of this program, childbirth, adoption, and emergent critical health issue for self or primary caregiving responsibilities of an ailing spouse, child, partner, or a member of the immediate family during the project period are critical life events that would qualify for consideration. A description of how the critical life event will affect advancement of the mentored career development award or productivity must be provided.
The additional information on this page applies to applications requesting research continuity supplements to active National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) career development (K) awards. Its purpose is to clarify the application process for NINDS grantees and is not intended to replace the detailed information in the program announcement.
Prior to submission of an application, the Principal Investigator (Applicant) should contact the Director, NINDS Office of Training & Workforce Development to discuss the proposed supplement.
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PD(s)/PI(s) are encouraged to consider a continuity supplement if a critical life event is expected to impact research progress on an active K award AND there is a clear plan for how the addition of supplemental funds up to $50,000 in direct costs for up to one year will be used to mitigate delays and/or interruptions in research progress. There must also be a plan to return to full research productivity at the end of the supplement period.
As indicated in instructions below, the applicant should describe how the critical life event will affect advancement of the mentored career development award research and/or productivity. The request should also address whether additional or alternative sources of support are available. These sources would include carryover of funds from prior years as well as Department or University matching funds (applicants are strongly encouraged to secure supplemental local funding if requesting supplemental funds to their K award). In circumstances in which the critical life event is pending and is expected to occur during the project period, the supplement request may be submitted in advance of the event. Requests related to critical life events that occurred prior to the K award date, or which have passed, are not suitable for this program and will not be considered.
PD(s)/PI(s) should work closely with their K Award Mentor/Sponsor to ensure that appropriate Institutional commitment is obtained in the form of resources and mentorship. Family friendly practices and commitment to trainee advancement at the institution should be evident and the NINDS supplement support should be considered a value-added component to the institutional environment.
Application and Submission Information
Supplement requests must be submitted in accordance with the parent program announcement: Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional) PA-18-591or its subsequent reissued equivalent.
Supplement requests should be submitted electronically. The process for Streamlined Submissions using the eRA Commons cannot be used for this initiative.
NINDS will accept applications at any time. Prior to submission, please contact the Director, NINDS Office of Training and Workforce Development to discuss the potential need.
If you are seeking an award before the end of a fiscal year—September 30—we must receive your request no later than June 30. Requests received after June 30 will be considered for funding in the next fiscal year.
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide , PA-18-591 , and NOT-OD-20-054 must be followed. Applicants must include NOT-OD-054 in box 4b of the SF424 R&R form. Applications should include a letter signed by the Institutional Business Official certifying PI’s eligibility for the supplement award.
The following items are required.
Allowable Costs and Other Provisions
The supplement may be used to support additional personnel, computational or research services, or other specified assistance that will promote the continuity of the career development research project during a period in which the PD/PI experiences critical life events which have the potential to impact research progress or potential productivity. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project and provide support during the period of the critical life event. An itemized budget justification must be provided.
Projects in no-cost extension period are not eligible to apply.
A committee of NINDS program staff will review requests submitted to NINDS. NINDS will support the most meritorious requests, based upon availability of funds.