Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

Research Career Development Awards

Independent Research Scientist Development Award

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to foster the development of newly independent, outstanding scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research, to enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.



Career level


U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with research or clinical doctoral degree, and peer-reviewed support.




U.S. domestic institutions.

Relevant Policy Notices

Forms and other Guidelines

Currently Supported Investigators

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Program Data, Outcomes and Evaluations