NIH began providing childcare cost support to recipients of full-time National Research Service Awards (NRSA) fellowships this past April (see this blog). We recognize that the high cost of childcare effects graduate students and post-doctorates funded through NRSA fellowships and can impact their ability to successfully complete their training and fully participate in the extramural research workforce. Since then, questions arose about when childcare cost support may be available to NRSA trainees.
We are pleased to announce that NIH will now begin providing childcare cost support to full-time predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees appointed on NRSA institutional research training awards. This is anticipated for awards made beginning in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2022.
The NRSA childcare costs apply to each full-time predoctoral or postdoctoral NIH-NRSA-supported institutional research training award appointment. Each trainee is eligible to receive $2,500 per budget period for childcare costs provided by a licensed childcare provider.