BRAIN Initiative: Research Career Enhancement Award for Investigators to Build Skills in a Cross-Disciplinary Area (K18)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications for mentored career enhancement (K18) awards in research areas that are highly relevant to the NIH BRAIN Initiative. This career enhancement program will support development of research capability for the BRAIN Initiative, with specific emphasis on cross-training independent investigators in a substantively different area of neuroscience, neuroethics, or in a quantitative and physical discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics); and vice versa, cross-training independent investigators trained in a quantitative or physical discipline proposing to gain in-depth training in a high-priority area of neuroscience. The research project conducted under this K18 should enhance the candidate’s ability to significantly contribute to or lead projects that investigate questions central to the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Eligible candidates are independent investigators at any faculty rank or level.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): March 14, 2017
  • Application Due Date(s): April 14, 2017

RFA-DA-17-022 Expiration Date April 15, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or equivalent. The research doctoral degree may be in neuroscience or in a quantitative or physical discipline. The candidate should have demonstrated professional accomplishments consonant with his or her career status.

Eligible candidates are independent investigators at any faculty rank or level, from the research assistant professor to the senior faculty level, who have shown clear evidence of productivity and research excellence in the field of their training, and who propose to expand their research capability, with the goal of making significant contributions to the goals of the BRAIN Initiative.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 14, 2017