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NHGRI Funding Opportunities: Training and Career Development


Funding Opportunity Number


Important Dates

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce the continuation of the program for administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances.

The purpose of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter research careers within the missions of all the program areas of NIH. 

Contact NHGRI Program Staff, see IC-specific table in program announcement.


Administrative supplements may be submitted throughout the fiscal year, but should be requested at least 90 days prior to the anticipated need and no later than by May 15.

Supplements submitted through the eRA Commons must be accompanied by written confirmation from the NHGRI program director stating that s/he will accept the application. An application without such a letter will not be considered and will be returned to the grantee.

Acceptance of a supplement application in the eRA Commons does not guarantee funding. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds and administrative review of the request.

Please reference NHGRI Guidelines for Administrative Supplements.

F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences approaches with an emphasis on the quantitative sciences, bioinformatics or technology development, or (b) applications that focus on high priority ELSI issues and provide multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological training, and (c) applicants whose mentor(s) are funded by NHGRI. NHGRI does not support disease-specific research.

Application Due Dates: April 8, August 8, December 8
K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award

The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) 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 from mentored, postdoctoral 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.

NHGRI will consider applications in the areas of interest to the Institute which include genomics, proteomics, technology development, genomic medicine, and the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) related to genetics and genomics.

Application Due Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12
K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

The purpose of the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and "protected time" (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Although all of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this support mechanism to support career development experiences that lead to research independence, some ICs use the K01 award for individuals who propose to train in a new field or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career because of illness or pressing family circumstances. Other ICs utilize the K01 award to increase research workforce diversity by providing enhanced research career development opportunities.

NHGRI continues to participate in the K01 in two areas of mentored research: (1) Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) and (2) a restructured program in genomic sciences research. For details, consult Notice NOT-HG-14-018.

Salary Support: Up to the legislative salary cap, annually, currently Executive II (NIH Salary Cap Summary)

Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

Application Due Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12
K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

The primary purpose of the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Awards (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that 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.

NHGRI will participate in the K08 with a focus on genomic medicine: For details, consult Notice NOT-HG-14-019.

Salary Support: Up to the legislative cap, plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $40,000 per year

Application Due Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed above) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.

This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis annually from October 1 through May 15.

Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Diversity Action Plan (R25)

Related Notice:

This funding opportunity seeks to facilitate the training of individuals at all careers levels (the undergraduate, graduate,post baccalaureate, postdoctoral and faculty levels) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in scientific disciplines relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue genomics research that spans all areas of interest to NHGRI later in their careers.

This is a limited competition funding opportunity announcement and is limited to PD(s)/PI(s) with NHGRI applications or grants in the following areas: Centers of Excellence in Genome Science; databases, large-scale sequencing and institutional training grants. In all cases, the PD/PI of any of the previous applications/grants cited above, must be the PD/PI of the R25.

Application Due Dates:
January 25, May 25, September 25
Loan Repayment Programs


The overall purpose of the extramural LRP is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals as research investigators to careers in research. Additional detailed information about each LRP is provided at:

The NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for at least two years, and who agree to engage in such research for an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week, to apply for participation in the extramural LRP. Extramural LRPs provide for the repayment of educational loan debt of up to $35,000 annually for qualified health professionals performing research within the mission of NIH at domestic, non-profit, or government entities.

LRP applications will be accepted annually from September 1 through November 16, 8:00 p.m. EST.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH Loan Repayment Program website,

T32 National Research Service Award

Related Notices:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, and help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. Research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development components to prepare individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. Programs proposing only short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather to the Kirschstein-NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant Program (T35) exclusively reserved for predoctoral, short-term research training (see PA-14-016).

NHGRI will consider applications in the areas of: (1) genomic sciences; (2) genomic medicine; and (3) ethical, legal and social implications of genomics research.

Short-term Training Positions Allowed: No

Travel Costs: For travel expenses for trainees, contact program staff. NHGRI will provide additional travel expenses of up to $2,000 each year for the primary PD/PI, and other training faculty members closely associated with the training program, to travel to the NHGRI annual networking meeting which will be held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Application Due Dates:
May 25 only


Last Updated: July 1, 2017