Postgraduate Programs for Underrepresented Minorities

(T32) NRSA Minority Institutional Research Training Program

The Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program for minorities provides postdoctoral support through T32 institutional training grants. Trainees supported on these grants have already received a Ph.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. (Faculty members are not eligible for support using this grant mechanism.) Research training at the postdoctoral level emphasizes specialized training in the biological, behavioral, or clinical sciences. These grants are a desirable mechanism for postdoctoral training of physicians and other health professionals who may have extensive clinical training but limited research experience. For such individuals, the training may be a part of a research degree program. In all cases, postdoctoral trainees should agree to engage in at least two years of research, research training, or comparable activities beginning at the time of appointment. Funding is for up to two years.

(T35) NRSA Short-Term Institutional Training Grants

The Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA program for minorities provides short-term postdoctoral training support in biological, behavioral, and clinical sciences through T35 institutional training grants. Many of the NIH institutes and centers use this grant mechanism to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during the summer. In addition, these grants can be used to support other types of postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging, scientific areas relevant to the mission of the funding NIH institute or center. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.

(K01) Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards

K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards provide support for an intensive, supervised career development experience in one of the biological, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Candidates for this award must have a research or health professional doctorate and be senior postdoctoral trainees or junior faculty members at the time of application. In addition, the candidate must be able to demonstrate the need for three to five years of additional supervised research, as well as the capacity and/or the potential for highly productive independent research. The proposed career development experience must be in a research area new to the applicant and/or one in which an additional supervised research experience will substantially add to the research capabilities of the applicant. The award provides funding support for graduate students who conduct research under supervision by the K01 awardee. Finally,



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