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NHGRI Funding Opportunities: Training and Career Development

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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
F33 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Senior Fellowship
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards senior individual research training fellowships to experienced scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities as independent investigators in research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences and genomic medicine 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
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.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry

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. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals to update their existing research skills and knowledge

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

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,



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Last Updated: July 1, 2017