Program Summary

Program Summary

The Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is an institutional program that supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences. In addition to a broad education in the neurosciences, a key component will be a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning. . JSPTPN programs are intended to be two years in duration, and students may only be appointed to this training grant during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that will have a significant impact on our understanding of nervous system function and the health-related research needs of the nation.

he purpose of the Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is to provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable students to become successful research scientists at a time when the field is advancing at an astonishing pace. Neuroscience research increasingly requires investigators who can cross boundaries, draw on knowledge and approaches from various disciplines and levels of analysis, and apply this breadth of knowledge in novel ways to yield new discoveries about the nervous system. Moreover, the ability to conduct impactful neuroscience research requires strong foundational skills in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning related to study design, analysis and interpretation. 

Kirschstein-NRSA awards provide stipends as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience. 

NIH will contribute to the combined cost of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award.

Stipend: Stipend levels, as well as funding amounts for tuition and fees and the institutional allowance are announced annually in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and are also posted on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) webpage.

Training Related Expenses: NIH will provide funds to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance, research and training costs for activities that directly benefit the supported students. The standard training related expenses should not be used for administrative costs or faculty salary.  The most recent levels of training related expenses are announced annually in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and are also posted on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) webpage. In addition to the standard NIH allocation for training related expenses, applicants may request funds for curriculum development to cover salary support for up to 6 person-months effort, only in the first budget year of the award. These funds are available to develop courses and/or other teaching materials (e.g. problem sets, etc.) specifically designed for this program, related to formal training in experimental design, statistical methodology and/or development of quantitative skills and literacy. This support can be used for a single person or divided among multiple people responsible for the curriculum development.
Indirect Costs: Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, consortium costs in excess of $25,000, and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
January 20, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
May 25, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.