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Applications are submitted online and are due October 1.

  • All components should be single-spaced, with 0.5” margins, and in Arial 11-point font.
  • The page limit for each section is specified below.
  • Application materials should be reviewed by a mentor(s) prior to submission.


Guidance for Application Materials

Research proposal (2 pages): It is expected that applicants review the proposed research design extensively with their mentor in the U.S. and at the international site. Trainees are required to have at least two mentors.

  1. Specific Aims
  2. Research Plan (overview)
    • Significance
    • Innovation
    • Approach
  3. Timeline for proposed scope of work
  4. Human Subjects (describe the IRB process and timeline for approval)
  5. References should be provided but will not count toward the two-page limit

Budget and budget justification (1 page): Can include personnel and travel costs.

  1. U.S. or foreign postdoctoral: Up to $10,000 for research expenses.
  2. U.S. doctoral: Up to $7,000 for research expenses

Statement of career goals (1 page)

Plan for mentorship (1 page): This should include specific areas of mentorship and frequency of meetings/calls with members on the mentorship committee.

NIH Biosketch: Pay close attention to formatting, an improperly formatted biosketch reflects poorly on your application. NIH instructions are available for assistance in developing a biosketch here:

NIH Biosketch for primary mentors: Biosketches required from the U.S. and international mentors.

Letters of recommendation: Up to four letters, mentors should email their letters directly to

  1. U.S. mentor letter (required)
  2. International mentor letter (required) – this mentor should be living and working full-time at the site
  3. One additional letter may be submitted from a co-mentor on this application, a prior mentor, or a prior or current supervisor
  4. Program co-funding (if jointly supported with another grant) – if the applicant has secured co-funding from another training program (e.g. T32 program) or grant, a separate letter from the PI or director should be included outlining the amount and duration of this support

Short-Term U.S.-based Training Attachment (international applicants only): In accordance with LAUNCH program requirements, international postdoctoral fellows must complete a 1-3 month attachment in the U.S. to engage in activities not readily available in the fellow’s home country. Activities can be a mix of didactic and practical activities.

  1. Key learning objectives (up to three)
  2. Proposed courses, with dates if known
    • Courses should be at the U.S. host’s home institution (i.e., the university where your primary U.S. mentor is employed)
  3. Other learning activities, including workshops and conferences
    • Workshops and conferences are not limited to the U.S. host’s home institution
  4. Relevance of activities to research project