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Research Career Development Awards

To provide institutional research training opportunities (including international) to trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels

Independent Research Scientist Development Award

The purpose of this prorgam is to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research. The K02 award provides salary support and protected time for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers.

Senior Research Scientist Award

The purpose of this prorgam is to provide salary and protected time to established researchers to devote effort to basic or clinical research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators. Candidates for this award should have independent, peer-reviewed, research support at the time of award and possess a demonstrated record of mentoring.

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Academic Career Development Award

The purpose of this program is to provide support to increase the pool of individuals with academic and research expertise to become academic researchers and to enhance the educational or research capacity at the sponsoring institution. The K07 supports both development awards for more junior candidates, and leadership awards for more senior individuals with acknowledged scientific expertise and leadership skills.

Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

The purpose of this program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.

Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators

This program provides either full-time or part-time support for experienced scientists to augment or redirect their research programs through the acquisition of new research skills or to make changes in their research careers by acquiring new research skills or knowledge.

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

The purpose of this proram is to support the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree, who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators, and who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

The purpose of this program is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent who are typically at the Associate Professor level or the equivalent for protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as research mentors primarily for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty.

Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

The purpose of this award is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 supports productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.

Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

The purpose of this award is to support biomedical and behavioral scientists to allow them protected time to devote to their research and mentoring. The goal of this program is to support established, outstanding investigators by providing protected time for research and mentoring.

No Funding Opportunity Announcement Currently Available

Pathway to Independence Award

The purpose of this program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

Emerging Global Leader Award

The purpose of the Fogarty Emerging Global Leader Award is to provide research support and protected time to a research scientist from a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) with a junior faculty position at an LMIC academic or research institution leading to an independently funded research career.