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Cancer Research Manpower

Number: 93.398
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.398 Cancer Research Manpower
Federal Agency (030):
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Public Health Service Act, Sections 413 and 487, as amended, Public Law 100-607, 42 U.S.C. 285a, 42 U.S.C. 288.
Objectives (050):
To make available support to nonprofit and for-profit institutions interested in providing biomedical training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in basic, clinical, and prevention research important to the National Cancer Program.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
University, college, hospital, public agency, or nonprofit research institution for institutional grants and individuals for fellowships. The applicant institution must be able to provide the staff and facilities and be responsible for the selection of trainees and overall direction of the training. Selected awardees must be citizens of the United States or be admitted to the United States for permanent residency. Career and Cancer Education awards may be given to for-profit institutions.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
University, college, hospital, public agency, nonprofit research institution or for-profit institution.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
(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.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications for the Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA must be prepared using the PHS 416-1 application form and instructions for Individual National Research Service Award Fellowships (rev. 10/05). The PHS 416-1 is available at For further assistance, direct inquiries may be made to or (301) 435-0714. Applications for the Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA must be prepared using the PHS 398 Form (Revised 9/2004). Refer to Section IV of the instructions titled Instructions For Preparing An NRSA Application. The PHS 398 Form (Revised June 2009) is available at Applications for Cancer Education and Career grants must be prepared using the PHS 398 Form. Refer to Section III of the instructions, Preparing An Individual CDA Application. Applicants are advised to consult the "Submitting an Application" section of the Program Announcement, since each award has distinct application criteria. Completed applications should be submitted to the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7710 (Bethesda, MD 20817 for express/courier service).
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by an appropriate study section, committee, or advisory council. If recommended for approval and a decision to make award is made, a formal award notice will be sent to the applicant.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 10 months.
Appeals (096):
A principal investigator (P.I.) 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 under the Review Criteria section of the NIH Office of Extramural Research website at
Renewals (097):
Cancer Education Grants may be made for periods of up to 5 years and renewals may be submitted when appropriate. Research training grants may be renewed for additional project periods of 5 years. Only the following Career awards are renewable: K05 and K24 only a one-time renewal after a 5-year project period, and the K12 up to 5 years (Trainees 2-7 years).
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Up to 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required each year. An annual financial status report is required 90 days after the end of the budget period. Special reports may be requested by the grantor. Terminal reports are required 6 months after the end of a project. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 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 cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Records (113):
Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last financial status report for the report period.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $167,779,000; FY 14 est $172,965,000; and FY 15 est $177,463,000 - Cancer Researcj Manpower Grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range: $3,519 to $1,320,000
Average: $160,708.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: FY2013 individual FTTP: 426 FTTP/Awards (Full time training positions) of the 426, 218 were competing awards totaling $8,713,000. FY2013 institutional FTTP: 135 Awards with 943 FTTPs (Full time training positions) of the 135, 21 were competing awards totaling $5,980,000. FY2013 Career awards 387 awards totaling $67,524,000 and FY2013 Cancer Education awards, 96 awards totaling $34,466,000. Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014 Manpower Award estimates that 1,022 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 Manpower Award estimates that 1,033 awards will be made.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
42 CFR 6; 42 CFR 66; 45 CFR 74; Application kit, National Institutes of Health; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Catherine M. Battistone, 9609 Medical Center Drive
Seventh Floor, West Tower, 7W532, MSC 9750, Rockville, Maryland 20850 Email: Phone: 240-276-6443 Fax: 240-276-7682
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
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.