Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

Research Training & Fellowship Information

This page is dedicated to research training information for Graduate Students, Trainees, and Fellows.


UT Health SA Proposal Preparation Information:

Proposal Review Process
Instructions to follow when submitting a proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for review and signature.

Certificate of Proposal
In order to provide your proposal with signature, Sponsored Programs needs a completed and signed COP with the necessary approvals and approval letters (humans, animals, safety).
     COP Instructions and Definitions

Useful Institutional Information
F&A rate, DHHS agreement date, assurance numbers and other information commonly requested in research grant applications.
NIH Quick Links for OSP
This webpage contains links to many of the commonly needed NIH pages and resources.
NIH Forms & Applications - with OSP Samples & Templates
This webpage contains links to the SF424 and other required training forms, as well as internal template documents.

Copies of Submitted Proposals.
OSP will print a file copy of all proposals submitted electronically by OSP. For mailed proposals, please provide a copy to OSP within five days of submission.


National Institutes of Health - NIH

NIH offers training awards at various career levels: Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students, Predoctoral, Postdoctoral. NIH's Research Training Opportunities webpage offers information on extramural and intramural training programs as well as career guidance and employment opportunities. Extramural opportunities are ones that the training can be obtained from an institution outside the NIH while Intramural opportunities are carried out directly at the NIH.

NIH strongly encourages interested applicants to contact program officials for guidance or visit the various NIH Institute's/ Center's websites in order to obtain current information about program priorities, research topics of interest, and policy guidelines.

NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms

National Research Service Award's (NRSA) These are the most common opportunities to apply for.

  • NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) These are applied for by established principal investigator then awarded out within the university. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grants (T32) to eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals, selected by the institution, who are training for careers in specified areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research.
  • NRSA Individual Fellowships (F Series) Individual NRSAs are available at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship levels. Not all of the Institutes and Centers support all of the various NRSA fellowships. Prospective fellowship applicants should contact the probable funding Institute or Center prior to preparing an application. Information on contacts can be found in the program announcement. By the time of award, individuals must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Check the program announcement for specific information on degree requirements and other eligibility criteria.
NIH Career Development Awards
NIH training and career award application success rates
National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Levels (FY 2021)
NIH Institutes, Centers, & Offices

NIH Activity Codes NIH activity codes, (also known as funding mechanisms) organization codes and definitions used in extramural programs.



SPIN Funding Database
This database contains over 6,000 funding opportunities (federal and non-federal), and is updated daily. Search using keywords, applicant type, sponsor name, and other fields. The comprehensive HELP feature will answer most questions on using this information source.
Please note that this database is only accessible by UT Health SA users.