NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01 Clinical Trial Required)

Award Info:

NIH will contribute up to $ 85,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient and $100,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient. Award for up to 3 years. Standard due dates

Current and former PDs/PIs on NIH research project (R01), program project (P01), center grants (P50), sub-projects of program project (P01), sub-projects of center grants (P50), other career development awards (K–awards), or the equivalent are not eligible. Current and former PDs/PIs of an NIH Small Grant (R03), Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21), Dissertation Award (R36), or SBIR/STTR (R41, R42, R43, R44) remain eligible. Candidates for this award must have earned a terminal research doctoral degree or a combined clinical and research doctoral degree. Junior faculty who are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award are eligible and will have completed their research training. At the time of award, the institution must demonstrate that the applicant will have the academic title, space and other resources necessary to apply for research project grant (e.g., R01) level funding. The candidates must have research experience (length of time may vary) and be committed to developing into independent biomedical investigators in research areas relevant to the mission of the NINDS. The program is not intended to support additional graduate training and is not intended to support career changes from non-research to research careers for individuals without prior research training. By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status.


The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (who are in first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of application) from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research. Presently, data from the National Science Foundation suggests that underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in faculty-level biomedical research careers. For example, in surveys conducted by the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs, faculty from underrepresented backgrounds represent only 5% of the tenure-stream neuroscience faculty and 3% of non-tenure-stream faculty members.