NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22-No Independent Clinical Trials)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity is designed to enhance the participation of highly trained early career investigators from underrepresented groupsin neuroscience research.  This opportunity provides postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groupswith strong training in neuroscience with the resources and tools that will help facilitate a transition to a stable and productive independent research position.  Individuals are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D., Ph.D./M.D. or equivalent) and between 2 and 5 years of postdoctoral prior research training at the time of application.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. 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 study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (FOA PAR-18-468).


  • K Series Due Dates: Feb. 12, Jun. 12, Oct. 12
  • AIDS Due Dates: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7

PAR-18-469 Expiration Date New Date May 8, 2021 per issuance of NOT-NS-20-065 . (Original Expiration Date: January 8, 2021)

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Eligibility Requirements

Diversity candidates (as defined in eligiblity catergory below) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) are invited to work with his/her mentor(s) and organization to develop an application for support. Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed.

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.

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital (NOT-OD-15-053).

Every facet of the United States scientific research enterprise—from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation—requires superior intellect, creativity, and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints. NIH’s ability to help ensure that the nation remains a global leader in scientific discovery and innovation is dependent upon a pool of highly talented scientists from underrepresented backgrounds who will help to further NIH's mission.

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH-supported scientific workforce, including fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the researchers, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in—and benefit from—health research, and enhancing public trust.

Candidates for this award must (1) have earned a terminal clinical or research doctorate or a combined clinical and research doctoral degree; (2) have at least 2 years of postdoctoral training in neuroscience research at the time of submission of the initial application; (3) have no more than a total of 5 years postdoctoral experience at the time of application.

    Funding Type



    African American
    Medical Fellow/Resident
    Minorities encouraged
    Native American
    Post Doctoral Fellows
    Women of Color


    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational

    External Deadline

    February 12, 2021