Chemistry Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (C/START)(R03) PAR-16-383

Award Info:

To be eligible for a C/START award, the proposed principal investigator must be independent of a mentor at the time of award, but be at the beginning stages of her/his research career. No C/START award will be made to individuals in their training status (e.g., post-doctoral position); applicants may submit applications only after their training is complete. The proposed PD/PI may not have been designated previously as PD/PI on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) or federally-supported research project or component (except a dissertation research grant) or have received similar support from another federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation). Previous receipt of a National Research Service Award is permissible. Recipients of mentored K-awards are not eligible.

Direct costs of up to $50,000 per year may be requested.


he National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks to facilitate the entry of new/early stage investigators (ESIs) into substance use disorder (SUD) research. ESIs are invited to submit applications for small scale, innovative chemical/pharmacological pilot research projects. Importantly, the C/START award is intended to enable an ESI the opportunity to gather preliminary data in support of subsequent research grants (e.g., R21/R33 [CHEM], R21 or R01) or drug development funding opportunities that, in the long term, help to launch the ESI’s scientific career.