Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology Research Career Development Award (K12 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs that support mentored research and career development experiences for scholars pursuing clinical, translational, and/or basic research in pediatric therapeutics. This program constitutes a national network of mentors and scholars, in contrast to K12 programs that are based solely at a single applicant institution. The primary purpose of this FOA is to ensure that a pipeline of diverse and highly trained workforce is available in pediatric pharmacology-related clinical and biomedical fields that currently have a limited number of researchers. This FOA will support essential research career development opportunities and ensure “protected” time to pursue impactful research experiences for new faculty-level clinical pharmacologists, fostering the transition to productive highly skilled clinical pharmacologist investigators.

This initiative proposes to expand and strengthen the community of clinical pharmacologist investigators engaged in pediatric clinical pharmacology research.

Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique UEI number or NIH IPF number) is allowed. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.


  • Application Deadline: Dec. 6, 2022
  • AIDS Application Deadline: Dec. 6, 2022

RFA-HS-23-023 Expiration Date December 07, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential trainees and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees to the approved research training program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD/PI has responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable), using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.

The participation of multiple PDs/PIs is encouraged, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training.



Amount Description

Application budgets are limited to $275,000 in direct costs per year.

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years. 

The program will support Scholars for periods of approximately 2-3 years consisting of consecutive 12-month appointments.

NICHD will contribute up to $100,000 per year toward each Scholar's salary and fringe benefits. In addition, NICHD will contribute up to $25,000 per year to the research development costs of each Scholar. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment and requires Scholars to devote a minimum of 9 person months (equivalent to 75 percent) of full-time professional effort toward health-related research and career development activities, with the remaining effort being devoted to activities related to the development of a successful career as a clinical pharmcologist. Allowable research and career development costs may include: 1) research expenses such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel, including expenses generated in the laboratories of the established investigators who serve as mentors; 2) travel to receive training or attend scientific meetings where the scholar will be presenting K12-funded work (not to exceed $1000 annually); 3) tuition, fees, or books; and 4) computer services. These research and development costs must be related to the Scholar's research activities.

The scholar's institution may supplement the NIH salary contribution up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale from non-federal sources, however, supplementation may not be from federal funds unless specifically authorized.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 6, 2022