NEW NIH Biosketch Format

Per NIH NOT-OD-16-080, the newest NIH Biosketch format is required for all grant submissions on or after May 25, 2016. NIH Biosketch templates, instructions and examples can be found here. The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) has been modified to support the new biosketch format.  SciENcv instructions can be found in this YouTube video.

for NIH Supplements

PA-18-586 provides Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Administrative Supplement, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) for a variety of research, program, and cooperative grants. The GSBS Deans can provide the "Applicant Eligibility Statement", verifying the GSBS student meets the eligibility criteria. Please allow one week for us to generate the letter. This letter will contain signature lines for the grant PI and the Institutional Signing Official (at UT MDACC OSP or UTHealth SPA). Submission dates vary by Institute/Center.

To request a letter, please send the following to

1. the grant number, Institute/Center, and PI name
2. the student's full name and history of prior/current PHS support [if any, include grant numbers and dates of support]

Training Plan: The modules listed for training grants, above, should be referenced when designing the training plan portion of your Supplement application.

for Training Grants

Find Funding Opportunities: We regularly monitor announcements of institutional training grant funding opportunities. We can help you find a funding source for your program. NIH is currently offering a number of T32s (see also NIH T Kiosk):

PA-18-403 NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant [Parent T32]

Submission Dates: January 25, May 25, September 25 (annually)

PAR-17-341 NIGMS NRSA Predoctoral Institutional Training Grant (T32)

Submission Dates: January 25, May 25, September 25 (annually)

PAR-17-096 Jointly Sponsored NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences

Submission Dates: May 25, 2018 (LOI due April 25, 2018)

PAR-18-524 Institutional Training Programs to Advance Translational Research on Alzheimer's Disease and AD Related Dementias (T32)

Submission Dates: First submission March 29, 2018 then standard dates apply

Application Modules: We have developed various modules for standard application sections. Modules include descriptions of GSBS initiatives coupled with NIH T32 application requirements. However, we are able to provide these modules for applications to any agency. GSBS initiatives should be integrated into your program-specific curriculum.  Modules include:

-Degree Requirements
-Career Development
-Diversity Recruitment & Retention
-Responsible Conduct of Research
-Training Budget (& mock justification)

Data Tables: A training grant application requires extensive data reporting. GSBS maintains student and faculty databases and can provide most of the required data in the agency-specified format.

Application Library & Best Practices: We have been amassing a library of recently-submitted applications with corresponding reviewer comments, which allows us to establish, update, and share thematic best practices for training grant applications.

Letter of Support: The GSBS Deans appreciate the dedication required of Faculty to propose and maintain training programs for the benefit of GSBS students.

Let’s get started!!

Here is a sample timeline for a standard NIH T32 submission:

sample timeline for a standard NIH T32

Letter of Intent: Please submit a Letter of Intent to the GSBS using this LOI form at least 4 months prior to the agency deadline. We will provide initial feedback on your training plan and begin data table completion based on this information.

Draft Training Plan: Please submit a draft of your training plan for feedback at least 8 weeks prior to the agency deadline.

GSBS Review and Approval: Please submit a final copy of your training plan and data tables for approval 5 days before institutional deadline.

Contact: Please direct correspondence to

for NIH Progress Reports

NIH progress reports must describe the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs).  Per NIH NOT-OD-14-113:

NIH progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) must include a report on the use of IDPs in Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4. Actual IDPs should not be included. Instead, grantees will report on whether they use IDPs for all the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers included in Section D. List of Participants. The use of IDPs as well as the manner in which IDPs are used is expected to be determined by the awardee institution, but the RPPR will include a brief description of how and whether IDPs are used to help manage the career development of students and postdocs associated with that award. A similar response is required for all T, F, K, R25, R13, D43, and other awards or award components designed to provide training and professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Please contact Dr. Andy Bean (713.500.9868) for a description of GSBS initiatives that meet this IDP/Career Development requirement.