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NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)

The Pathway to Independence (PI) program, targeted to applicants with no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience who have made a commitment to an academic career but who do not currently have an independent faculty position, provides two phases of support. The first phase provides one to two years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral researchers in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. The second phase, contingent upon the procurement of an independent research position and internal administrative review, will provide up to three years of independent research support.

Applicants from medical schools should be aware that the instructor position is not considered equivalent to the assistant professor position required to transition to the independent phase of this award. Although instructors are typically eligible to apply for the dependent phase of the K99/R00 award, applications from medical schools are strongly encourage to contact Dr. Zeynep Erim before applying.

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Career Reentry Supplements to Research Grants

Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers provide supplemental funds to existing NIH research grants to support individuals with high potential to reenter an active research career after taking time off to attend to family responsibilities. It is anticipated that at the completion of the supplement, the reentry scientist will be in a position to apply for a career development (K) award, a research award, or some other form of independent research support. Please contact Dr. Zeynep Erim if you plan to submit a Career Re-entry Supplement Application.

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Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

The Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) provides support for a sustained period of “protected time” for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor, leading to research independence. The expectation is that through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (R01) funding. NIBIB uses this mechanism to provide a mentored training period for individuals who wish to obtain experience and skills in an area different from their doctoral and/or post-doctoral research focus. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Zeynep Erim to verify eligibility before preparing applications.

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Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25)

The Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Awards (K25) provides support for research-oriented quantitative scientists and engineers with little or no experience in medicine and the life sciences to develop relevant research skills that will allow them to conduct basic or clinical biomedical imaging or bioengineering research and to become independent investigators, playing leading roles in multi-disciplinary research teams.  Examples of quantitative scientific and technical backgrounds considered appropriate for this award include, but are not limited to:  mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry, and engineering.

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Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

The Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) provides support and "protected time" for an intensive, supervised research career development experience to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.O., D.C., O.D., N.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or Ph.D. in clinical disciplines) committed to a career in laboratory or clinically-based research in biomedical imaging and bioengineering.

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Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Awards (K23) provide support for research-oriented clinicians to develop independent research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to become an independent investigator conducting patient-oriented research. It is the specific goal of these awards to increase the pool of clinical researchers who can conduct patient-oriented studies, capitalizing on the discoveries of biomedical research and translating them to clinical settings. For the purposes of this award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects).

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Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)

Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) support biomedical research projects conducted by faculty in academic institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research awards. These grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs to support the Nation’s biomedical research effort. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants; and that available students will benefit from exposure to and participation in research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

For projects proposing collaborations with non-AREA-eligible institutions, NIBIB expects that the majority of the direct costs will be directed to the applicant institution. Applcants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Zeynep Erim before submitting their applications.

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NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25)

NIBIB supports NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25) only for high school science teachers and community college faculty from STEM-related departments. The goal of this program is to enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.

NIBIB requires that host institutions put in place a rigorous admission procedure where the applicant high school teachers and community college faculty communicate with participating mentors during the school year preceding the summer of the proposed internship. The applicants should thus develop the project that will be accomplished during the summer and specifically indicate how this experience will inform their classes when they go back to their institutions. Participants in the summer program should be chosen based on these proposals. NIBIB further requires that the R25 host institutions include in their progress reports information on the summer projects carried out by the participants as well as a follow-up evaluation of how their participation in the program affected their careers or teaching. Project Director/Principal Investigator salaries are not allowed.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Zeynep Erim prior to preparing applications.

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Last Updated On 02/13/2013