BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity

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New BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 Career Transition award to promote diversity, women, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

NINDS, along with the other NIH Institutes and Centers participating in the BRAIN Initiative, is happy to announce the BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00). As highlighted in the BRAIN 2025 report, supporting biomedical research workforce diversity is critical towards training the next generation of investigators. This K99/R00 program is intended for individuals from diverse backgrounds (including nationally underrepresented groups) who are working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative.

In particular, this notice is particularly targeted towards eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who fall in one of the categories defined in the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity. Women have been shown to be underrepresented in doctorate-granting research institutions at senior faculty levels in most biomedical-relevant disciplines by the National Science Foundation and would be considered as eligible candidates for this diversity program.

Applicants would require at least 12 months of mentored research training and career development (K99 phase) before transitioning to the independent research (R00) phase of the program. Full details of the Funding Opportunity Announcement are expected to be published in April 2018 on the NIH BRAIN Initiative site, as well as in the NIH Guide, with an anticipated application due date in June 2018.