Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance the pool of of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds , including those from groups underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI. The career development will take place under the guidance of an experienced mentor in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations.

This FOA invites applications from Institutions with eligible faculty members to undertake special study and supervised research under a mentor who is an accomplished investigator in the research area proposed and has experience in developing independent investigators.

This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary clinical trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (see RFA-HL-19-025).


  • Application Due Date(s): October 10, 2018, February 11, 2019, October 10, 2019, February 11, 2020, October 9, 2020, February 11, 2021
  • AIDS Application Due Dates:  January 8, 2019, May 6, 2019, January 8, 2020, May 6, 2020, January 8, 2021, May 6, 2021

RFA-HL-19-026 Expiration Date May 7, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program.  For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:

            1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income

            thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the

            Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the

            Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at

            2. Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural     or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

Candidates for the K01 award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree.



Amount Description

Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses, as described below. Application budgets must not exceed $150,000 per year in direct costs. However, applications should refect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Applications may request a maximum project period of five years.

Funding Type



African American
Junior Faculty
Native American
Women and minorities encouraged
Women of Color


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 11, 2021