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Clinical Research Training Opportunities & Resources

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.

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).

Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows (R25)

The NIBIB Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows (R25) is intended to help Radiology departments integrate their education and mentoring programs with those of other clinical departments and to support the research education and training of up to two (2) outstanding residents and clinical fellows as clinician-scientists. Participating PD(s)/PI(s) must have an MD degree and a faculty appointment in a Department of Radiology; program participants must be residents or clinical fellows in radiology residency programs or other NIBIB-relevant programs including, but not limited to, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, or surgery.

This program is intended to support research education for program participants during residency and, if appropriate, to continue this education during their fellowship years. Consequently, initial support for any individual participant must take place for a minimum 12-month period during residency. Program participants may subsequently apply for an additional 12 months of support during their residency or fellowship. During any supported period, participants must devote a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort to this research education program.

It is expected that program participants will be supervised by mentors with a strong record of training clinician-scientists and will conduct basic or clinical research in a well-funded (NIH or comparable) research laboratory. In addition, it is expected that participants will receive, through appropriate educational experiences, guidance in the professional skills needed for a successful research career, including research design and analysis, grant writing, and career counseling.

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NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The Loan Repayment Program is a vital component of our nation's efforts to attract health professionals to careers in clinical research. Through this program, doctoral-level clinical researchers with domestic nonprofit or U.S government (Federal, state or local) funding must conduct clinical research for 50% or more of their total level of effort for an average of at least 20 hours per week during each quarterly service period. In exchange for a two-year commitment to their clinical research career, NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of qualified educational debt, pay an additional 39% of the repayments to cover Federal taxes, and may reimburse state taxes that result from these payments.

Last Updated On 03/06/2012