- a dissertation research project and training program that fall in a research area within the scientific mission of the participating Institutes (e.g., AAC falls under NIDCD.
- must offer an opportunity to enhance the fellow’s understanding of the health-related sciences and extend his/her potential for a productive, independent research career.
- opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops (including NIH-sponsored meetings, where available).
The NIDCD strongly encourages all prospective applicants for NIDCD Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA fellowships) to email the NIDCD Individual Fellowship Program Officer a brief (2-3 paragraph) summary of the proposed research plan, overall goals, scientific motivation and specific research aims, several months in advance of submission.
Applications are evaluated based on
- Academic background
- Previous research-training
- Research plan
- Proposed research-training and mentoring plan
- Mentor (s)
Examples of F-31 awards
Poll, Gerard “Trace”- Sentence Processing Factors In Specific Language Impairment (Sli)
Specific language impairment (SLI) affects more than 7% of children in kindergarten and the condition persists into adulthood in over 70% of cases, with significant consequences for the educational, vocational and social well being of affected individuals. Sentence imitation performance is one of the most effective and widely used means of identifying individuals with SLI, but little is known about why it is so effective. This project aims to identify specific factors that may explain the poor sentence imitation performance of adults with SLI, indicating how the task can be refined for better diagnostic accuracy and clarifying what poor sentence imitation reveals about the nature of SLI.
The study will also indicate if working memory, language processing speed, and adjunct processing difficulties each contribute to sentence imitation performance, and the extent to which each factor contributes to performance in combination with the others.
McCarthy, Jillian – Effects of artificial subvocal articulation on spelling by children who use AAC
This research study will investigate the influences of a computerized artificial subvocal articulation, speech intelligibility, and phonologic-orthographic consistency of target words during spelling tasks in school age- children with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The long-term goal of this line of inquiry is to expand [communication capacity with children with complex communication needs through increased written language proficiency.