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Career and Research

Program Type Related Website Focus of Program
Mentored Career Development  NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) PAR-15-064 Individual mentored and independent career development program to provide support and protected time for research
Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) RFA-HL-16-006
NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) PAR-15-257
NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) (PAR-16-219)
NIDDK Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity (K05) RFA-DK-14-005
NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08) PAR-15-060
NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22) PAR-15-338
NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22) PAR-15-063
NCI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K23) PAR-15-062
Additional Research Career Development Awards including K02, K08, K23, K24, K99/ R00  
Clinical Scientist Institutional Career Development Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12) RFA-DK-15-006  Support to institutions for newly trained clinicians with commitment to independent research careers
Urological Epidemiology (UroEpi) Institutional Research Career Development Program (K12) RFA-DK-15-007 
Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP) (K12) RFA-NS-16-003 
NEI Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award (K12) 
NIDA Mentored Clinical Scientists Development Program Award in Drug Abuse and Addiction (K12)
Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology (K12) 
KL2 portions of Clinical and Translational Science Awards (U54) 
Transition Support Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21) PAR-15-053 Support to individuals for research, bridge between training and larger research grant application
NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce PAR-13-256 Support to institutions to increase pool of neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds (programs may be at graduate, postdoctoral or junior faculty levels)
Faculty Research at Low-Resource Institutions  Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)- PAR-14-019
Pilot Project Award (SC2) - PAR-14-017
Research Continuance Award (SC3) - PAR-14-018
Support to individuals to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions that have a historical mission focused on serving students from underrepresented groups
  Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA, R15) PA-13-313 Support to individuals to stimulate research at institutions with historically low NIH funding
Native American Research Centers for Health The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health have a joint partnership supporting the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) Supports research and research training to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities
Research Projects Research funding opportunities at Individual applications for NIH research funding are always encouraged by individuals from underrepresented groups
Small Business Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs Support for early stage small businesses seeking to commercialize innovative biomedical technologies; similar programs for collaboration with research institutions

NIH supports programs to develop the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Enhancing the participation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds is a consideration in all NIH programs including research education (R), training (T), and career development (K) grant mechanism programs. In addition, it is an explicit consideration in diversity-related programs. The table below identifies most NIH research workforce programs by career level, with diversity-related programs indicated with highlight.

  • Institutional programs (such as a T32 training grant): To participate, apply to an institution that has an NIH program. Identify awardee institutions through NIH RePORTER and contact the principal investigator for more information.
  • Individual programs (such as an F31 predoctoral fellowship): To participate, prepare an application to the NIH. Read the funding opportunity announcement and contact the NIH program official listed for more information.
  • Intramural programs that occur only at the NIH campus are included as they provide unique training opportunities that you should be aware of. See the websites for more information.

Many programs permit applications from individuals with various educational backgrounds (such as PhD, MD, DVM, DDS, etc.), and/or focus on particular health or disease missions. It is important to read the funding opportunity announcement carefully. Note that not every NIH institute or center offers every funding opportunity.

Users are advised to check the NIH Guide (search the Title Text to include diversity) for the most current list of programs, and the NIH Research Training and Career Development for any updates. 

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