Trans-NIH Mouse Initiative
*Funding Opportunitites



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is especially interested in increasing the number of scientists trained to conduct high-quality mouse pathobiology research. The purpose of the Midcareer Investigator Award in Mouse Pathobiology Research is to provide support for established outstanding pathobiologists to allow them protected time to devote to mouse pathobiology research, to relieve them from time consuming service obligations and administrative responsibilities, and to act as mentors for beginning investigators. The target candidates are scientists engaged in pathobiology research who are within 15 years of their specialty training, who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers, and who are committed to mentoring the next generation of mouse pathobiologists.

Most candidates for this award will have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In addition, individuals holding other clinical (such as the M.D.) or research (such as the Ph.D.) degree(s) may apply for the award if they have been certified or have demonstrated the necessary expertise to perform high quality, funded research in mouse pathobiology. Candidates must be working in a research environment, conducting mouse pathobiology research, and have significant peer reviewed research support. This support can be as a principal or co-principal investigator, and needs to involve a significant project with biomedical relevance. Candidates must be willing to spend up to 50% effort (at least 25%) conducting mouse pathobiology research and mentoring. Candidates must describe a research and mentoring program that will meet their individual needs and capabilities.

Awards in response to this program announcement will use the Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (K26) mechanism. The project period may be for up to five years (at least three years are required). Awards are renewable for one additional five year period if the candidate still meets the stated requirements.

Annual application receipt dates are February 1, June 1 and October 1. For additional information about this career award, please visit this website: