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Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers


As noted in the NIEHS 2012 Strategic Plan, the NIEHS has set a goal to train the next generation of environmental health scientists from a wider range of scientific disciplines and diverse backgrounds. The NIEHS hereby notifies Principal Investigators (PI) with R01, R21, R15, R37, or P01 awards that funds are available for administrative supplements to support summer research experiences for high school students, college undergraduates, master’s degree candidates, medical students, secondary school science teachers, and science professors from R15 AREA grant eligible institutions. By offering an introduction to environmental health science research, the NIEHS expects to increase the number, and elevate the credentials, of the pool of applicants to graduate programs in the environmental health sciences. The program will also help raise awareness of important environmental health issues.

The NIEHS anticipates the number of awarded supplements per year to be as many as 15, depending on availability of funds.


Any NIEHS-supported R01, R21, R15, R37, or P01with a minimum of one year of funding remaining at the time of submission, is eligible for this supplement program. A Principal Investigator may have only one summer participant funded through this program at any given time. The summer participant must be newly recruited and not currently funded in any way by the PI. A participant may be supported for a second summer provided they are not supported by the PI during the intervening months. Applications are for one summer of funding at a time (i.e., the PI must reapply for subsequent summer funding).

Candidates eligible for support under this supplement program include high school students who have completed the 9th grade; undergraduate students, in good academic standing, who will have completed at least one year at an accredited school or university (including baccalaureate schools of nursing) at the time their research experience would begin; master’s degree level (e.g., M.S., M.P.H.) candidates enrolled in a relevant science or health-related program; medical students; secondary school science teachers; and science professors from R15 AREA grant eligible institutions. Institutions must adhere strictly to these requirements when selecting participants.

These supplements are intended to introduce students and teachers to research in the environmental health sciences that would not otherwise be available to them through their regular course of study. Institutions are encouraged to identify and actively recruit individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Awards under this program are limited to summer participants who are citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States (i.e., in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or some other legal evidence of admission for permanent residence at the time of application). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in possessions of the United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Application Procedures

The request for an administrative supplement must include the following:

  • A completed face page (with appropriate signatures) from Grant Application Form PHS 398. Include the title and grant number of the parent grant on line 1 and the name “Administrative supplements to support summer research experiences for students and science teachers” on line 2.
  • A detailed budget using the PHS 398 form pages 4 and 5.
  • A brief three- page description, prepared by the Principal Investigator of the parent grant. It should be noted that key factors taken into account during the review process include possibilities for independent thinking, conducting of valuable research, and appropriate mentoring. Please submit the following items:
    • A brief summary or abstract of the funded grant or project.
    • A description and plan of the proposed research experience for the student/teacher, how it relates to the specific research goals and objectives of the parent grant, and a brief description of the research design, methods, and data analysis involved.
    • A thorough description of the mentorship that will be provided.
    • A description of how the summer participant was identified or plans to identify the participant.
  • Documentation, if applicable, that the proposed research experience was approved by the grantee institution’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be provided. Adherence to the NIH policy for including women and minorities in clinical studies must also be ensured if additional human subjects’ involvement is planned for the supplement component.
  • PHS 398 Checklist.

Funds Available

Student Participation Allowance:

The salary for the summer research participant should be consistent with the institutional salary policies. Institutional salary rates for high school students that exceed the hourly minimum wage must be justified. Institutional rates for undergraduate salary that exceed $10 per hour must be justified. Participants may only receive funding for the period of time they participate in the program. Participants are expected to devote sufficient effort to the research project and related activities during the period of support to gain insight into the process of scientific discovery and the environmental health sciences.

Laboratory Supplies:

The institution may request up to $1000 per student to cover the costs of laboratory supplies and research ¬related expenses. Equipment may not be purchased with these funds.

Application Deadline

This is an on-going program with an indefinite duration, and applications may be submitted at any time up to January 31 of each year. Review and funding decisions will occur on or about March 1 of that year, with funds awarded in time for summer participation.

Applications must be countersigned by the authorized organizational representative and submitted electronically in PDF format to:

Please include “Summer Supplement” and the parent grant number on the email subject line.

Hard copies are not required. Do not submit applications to the Center for Scientific Review.

Review Criteria

The administrative supplement requests will be reviewed by NIEHS staff to determine its overall merit according to the following criteria:

  • Is the work proposed a logical extension of the scope of the original grant?
  • Has there been adequate progress on the parent grant appropriate to the current stage of the project?
  • Will the proposed experience enhance the research potential, knowledge, and/or skills of the summer participant?
  • Is a mentorship plan provided and is it appropriate to the level of the participant?
  • Are the proposed activities of the candidate an integral part of the project?
  • Is a recruitment /selection plan described for identifying summer participants? For participants already identified, how were they selected? Is the participant a newly recruited person, not previously funded by the PI?

Applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications using the criteria shown above.


Astrid Haugen
Astrid C. Haugen
Program Analyst
Summer Supplement Program Administrator
Tel (919) 541-4415
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Delivery | Postal
Delivery Instructions

Related website: General Administrative Supplements Landing Page

Grantees are encouraged to contact their program officers before submitting an administrative supplement.

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