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NCCAM Training and Career Development Opportunities

Image representation of the data listed below.Career Development AwardsLoan Repayment ProgramsFellowshipsInstitutional Training Programs

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Career Development Awards

Mentored Career Development for New and Junior Investigators
K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (PA-14-044)
Application Deadlines: February 12/June 12/October 12
For individuals interested in mentored research-training in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.
K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (PA-14-046)
Application Deadlines: February 12/June 12/October 12
For individuals with a clinical/health-professional doctorate interested in mentored research-training in biomedical, behavioral, or translational research.
K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (PA-14-049)
Application Deadlines: February 12/June 12/October 12
For individuals with a clinical/health-professional doctorate interested in mentored research-training in research conducted with human subjects.
K99/R00: NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (PA-14-042)
Application Deadlines: February 12/June 12/October 12
For individuals in advanced postdoctoral positions ready to transition to independent research positions.
  • Awards are made to the individual and managed by the individual’s institution on his/her behalf.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) are individuals interested in working with faculty who have funded research in NCCAM Priority Areas.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) must have a full-time appointment at the academic institution that is the applicant institution.
  • Mentor(s) is/are required and must have funded independent research projects.
  • Before the application receipt date, applicants and mentor(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCAM Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCAM's mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of NCCAM program officials can be found at nccam.nih.gov/grants/contact#area.
  • Application: Mentoring Plan, Mentor(s) recommendation, and Research Project are required.
  • Candidate’s Commitment: Minimum of 9 person months (75%) of full-time professional effort required annually
  • Institutional Commitment: Strongly recommended and expected
  • Duration: 3 to 5 years
  • Grant Support: Salary ~ Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year and research supplies up to $25,000 per year
  • Expectation: NCCAM expects funded candidates to submit successful independent research applications during their funded career development period and become independent investigators by the end of the funding period.
  • Applications that will include the use of natural products or devices in an ongoing interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCAM's Natural Product Integrity Policy.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project. Applications (particularly those proposing a human research project or proposing additional or new recruitment in conjunction with an existing clinical study) should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Commitment to and support for the development of the applicant as an independent research investigator;
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Allocation of sufficient protected time for the K awardee to conduct the research;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.
  • NRSA Policies (NIH)
Career Development Awards for Independent Established Investigators
K24: Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research
(PA-14-049)
Application Deadlines: February 12/June 12/October 12
For investigators interested in mentoring new/junior researchers while contributing to an NIH-affiliated Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA).
  • Awards are made to the individual and managed by the individual’s institution on his/her behalf.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) are individuals interested in working with faculty who have funded research in NCCAM Priority Areas.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) must have a full-time appointment at the academic institution that is the applicant institution.
  • Mentor(s) is/are required and must have funded independent research projects.
  • Before the application receipt date, applicants and mentor(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCAM Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCAM's mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of NCCAM program officials can be found at nccam.nih.gov/grants/contact#area.
  • Application: Mentoring Plan, Mentor(s) recommendation, and Research Project are required.
  • Candidate’s Commitment: Minimum of 9 person months (75%) of full-time professional effort required annually
  • Institutional Commitment: Strongly recommended and expected
  • Duration: 3 to 5 years
  • Grant Support: Salary ~ Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year and research supplies up to $25,000 per year
  • Expectation: NCCAM expects funded candidates to submit successful independent research applications during their funded career development period and become independent investigators by the end of the funding period.
  • Applications that will include the use of natural products or devices in an ongoing interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCAM's Natural Product Integrity Policy.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project. Applications (particularly those proposing a human research project or proposing additional or new recruitment in conjunction with an existing clinical study) should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Commitment to and support for the development of the applicant as an independent research investigator;
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Allocation of sufficient protected time for the K awardee to conduct the research;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.
  • NRSA Policies (NIH)

Loan Repayment Programs

Name Predoctoral Postdoctoral Faculty
Clinical Research
Application Deadline: Fall of each year (e.g., September 1 through November 15, 2012)
 
Pediatric Research
Application Deadline: Fall of each year (e.g., September 1 through November 15, 2012)
 
  • The applicant’s research project must be aligned to NCCAM’s mission, research priorities, and strategic plan.
  • Program Goal: Encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research.
  • Eligibility: Citizenship, qualified educational debt (>20% base salary), and biomedical doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. and M.D.) including clinical doctoral degrees, as well as individuals with doctoral degrees in complementary health practice (i.e., Ph.D., N.D., D.A.O.M., D.C., D.O., D.N.P., etc.), or both.
  • Duration/Commitment: Up to 2 years.
  • Support: NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.

Fellowships

Name Predoctoral Postdoctoral Faculty
F30: NCCAM Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (PA-14-150)
Application Deadlines: April 8/August 8/December 8
   
F31: NCCAM Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (PA-14-147)
Application Deadlines: April 8/August 8/December 8
   
F31-Diversity: NCCAM Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-14-148)
Application Deadlines: April 13/August 13/December 13
   
F32: NCCAM Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (PA-14-149)
Application Deadlines: April 8/August 8/December 8
   
  • Awards are made to the individual and managed by the individual’s institution on his/her behalf.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) are individuals interested in working with faculty who have funded research in NCCAM Priority Areas.
  • Before the application receipt date, applicants and mentor(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCAM Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCAM's mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of NCCAM program officials can be found at nccam.nih.gov/grants/contact#area.
  • Per NOT-AT-13-002 NCCAM will not accept applications to this program proposing to conduct new, free-standing clinical trials or studies. Applicants to the fellowship programs interested in clinical research are encouraged to participate in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor’s ongoing clinical trials and studies in order to gain the training and experience necessary to become independent clinical investigators.
  • Applications that will include the use of natural products or devices in an ongoing interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCAM's Natural Product Integrity Policy.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research training and project. Applications should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the proposed project in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.
  • Applicants should review Notices published to clarify the information required for PA-14-147, PA-14-148, PA-14-149, and PA-14-150.
  • NRSA Policies (NIH)

Institutional Training Programs

Name Predoctoral Postdoctoral Faculty
T32: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Program (PA-14-015)
Application Deadline: January 25
 
T35: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant
(PA-14-016)
Application Deadline: January 25
 
T90/R90: Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training Award
(PAR-13-065 )
Application Deadlines: March 4, 2013; January 28, 2014; and January 28, 2015
   
  • Applicant institutions must have faculty with funded research in NCCAM Priority Areas.
  • Awards are made to institutions that manage and select the trainees for the program.
  • NCCAM Institutional Training Sites
  • NRSA Policies (NIH)
  • Per NOT-AT-13-002 NCCAM will not accept applications to these programs proposing to conduct new, free-standing clinical trials or studies. Applicants to the institutional training programs are encouraged to include clinical research-training activities as part of the proposed program, and to encourage their trainees to participate in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor’s ongoing clinical trials and studies.
  • T90/R90 Pre-Application Teleconference

Administrative Supplements

Name Predoctoral Postdoctoral Faculty
Administrative Supplements for CAM Practitioner Research For NCCAM-funded researchers with R01, P01, U19 or P50 grants to provide Experiences hands-on research experiences to complementary health practitioners.
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-12-149)
(also may include high school, undergraduate, and master’s level students)
Research Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (PA-12-150)    
  • Awards are made to the individual and managed by the individual’s institution on his/her behalf.
  • Applicants (candidates or mentees) are individuals interested in working with faculty who have funded research in NCCAM Priority Areas.
  • Application receipt dates: Applicants may submit an application at any time. However, NCCAM reviews applications twice a year,
    • NCCAM Spring Review: April (for applications received by March 31st)
      Notification to the Applicant: May
    • NCCAM Fall Review: October (for applications received by September 30th)
      Notification to the Applicant: December
  • Supplements can only be awarded to research grants during their active competitive period. Eligible grant mechanisms include research grants as well as program projects and center grants .
  • Use the NIH Reporter Tool to search for active awards, topics of interest, and contact information of NCCAM-funded investigators.

NIH Forms & Applications

 

Contacts

For questions about the research project:

Please contact the Program Director who can discuss the scientific area of your research.

For questions about grants management and budget:

Jeanie Robinson

Grants Management Specialist
Email: Robinsona@mail.nih.gov

For international research and training opportunities:

NIH Fogarty International Center