The objective of the NICHD FIGS program is to encourage fellows in the Division of Intramural Research to apply for competitive funding from intramural NIH or outside organizations and agencies, in order to develop their skills in grantsmanship, and in support of their career development. Award recipients are also contributing to the DIR by bringing in additional funding and resources, and as such merit recognition from the Institute.
Postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical fellows
- The grant for which the fellow applies must be for a competitive award of $30,000 or more
- The fellow must be the primary applicant on the grant application; or, in exceptional cases, the co-investigator
For submissions, they must be made through the Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) and signed off on by the Scientific Director prior to going forward (see NICHD Grants Administration Policy). The fellow must provide confirmation of receipt of the application by the awarding agency to the Office of Education/OSD/DIR/NICHD.
A $250 one-time stipend increase (limited to 2 applications maximum per year), processed at the time of the fellow’s renewal.
For applications that result in an award, the fellow receives a one-time $1,000 stipend increase at the time of renewal.
All stipend increases will be funded centrally through the OSD, at the time of the fellow’s renewal. In the case of a trainee on an FTE, a one-time award will be made, in lieu of the stipend increase, and subject to approval of the award justification by the Office of Human Resources, NIH.
Note: For the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship, FIGS applies only when an application is submitted and not if it results in an award.
Fellows are encouraged to consult the OITE web site for a list of potential funding sources. In addition, http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/funding through Science Careers lists many grant opportunities. Note that a fellow in the intramural program of NIH may not be eligible for all awards, and the fellow should consult with the funding agency to determine his or her eligibility in advance of submitting an application. Certain funders may be ineligible as well, because of their intellectual property clauses (IP) or because of potential conflicts of interest. Fellows may also consult the NICHD Office of Education for guidance.
Effective date: January 1, 2012
Revised: May 2015