INCLUDE (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition award (F99/K00) is to recruit exceptional graduate students from a broad variety of research fields to pursue postdoctoral training focused on Down syndrome related research. Graduate students from disciplines including, but not limited to, genetics, biochemistry, data science, imaging, engineering, and neurobiology are invited to apply to this opportunity. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the INCLUDE Program Staff prior to initiating plans for application submission.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) does not allow applicants to propose to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow candidates to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a sponsor or co-sponsor.


  • Application Due Date(s): July 1, 2024; July 1, 2025; July 1, 2026

RFA-OD-24-007 Expiration Date July 02, 2026

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Eligibility Requirements

F99 Eligibility: Domestic institution/organization types listed above that grant PhD or equivalent research degrees (e.g., Dr.P.H., Sc.D.) are eligible to submit an application. More than one F99 application per institution is allowed. 

K00 Eligibility: Domestic institution/organization types listed above, including Federal laboratories, are eligible to submit K00 transition phase applications on behalf of individuals receiving support from F99 awards. There is no limit on the number of individuals that K00 recipient institutions  may sponsor. Note that if the individual receiving support under an F99 award accepts a postdoctoral position in the NIH intramural research program, the postdoctoral phase will be supported directly by NIH intramural funds and the K00 will not be awarded, since NIH intramural scientists are not eligible to receive support from NIH extramural grant awards.

By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status).  

The candidate must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the third or fourth year of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution. A candidate’s eligibility for support under an F99 award is determined from the date of enrollment as a graduate student at the PhD institution and includes the time spent earning a MS degree unless there was a major change in research area and a change in research mentor. The candidate must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award, and must show evidence of high academic performance in previous coursework and research experiences, as well as a  commitment to a career as an independent research scientist in the field of Down syndrome research.

      Funding Type



      Grad/Prof Students


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

      External Deadline

      July 1, 2024