K01 NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

For support of diverse faculty scientists committed to research, in need of both advanced research training and additional experience.

Program Announcement
NINDS K01 - No Independent Clinical Trials - PAR-21-234

Program Announcement
NINDS K01 - Clinical Trial Required - PAR-21-153

Due Dates for New Applications
February 12,  June 12,  October 12

Due Dates for Resubmission Applications
March 12,  July 12,  November 12

Intended PD/PI
Early career investigators; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; research doctorate holders; individuals from diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged

Institution Eligibility
U.S. domestic institutions

Additional Information

The objective of the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide salary and research support for a sustained period of “protected time” (up to 5 years) for intensive research career development, under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences 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 (e.g., R01) funding.

The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (who are 1) in first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of application or 2) have an offer for a first-time tenure-track or equivalent faculty position that will begin by time of award) from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research.

Applicants for diversity-related career development programs will be expected to attach a Description of Candidate’s Contribution to Program Goals, explaining how the candidate’s participation would further the goals of the program to promote diversity in health-related research (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031).

Salary and Research Costs: Salary up to $95,000 per year plus related fringe benefits will be provided. A research allowance of up to $100,000 per year will be provided. K01 award recipients are encouraged to apply for independent research awards while the K award is active, and should consult with Dr. Michelle Jones-London for budget guidance in this process.

Not sure whether your research qualifies as a human mechanistic clinical trial/study?
Applicants are strongly advised to consult with NINDS program staff prior to submitting an application with human subjects to determine the appropriate funding opportunity.
NIH Definition of a Clinical Trial

NINDS uses the Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry and Re-Integration into Health-Related Research Careers program for support of Re-Entry Candidates (see Notice NOT-NS-11-013).



Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D. | Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity

Lauren Ullrich, PhD | Program Director



Webinar: NINDS OPEN House - Early Career Faculty Awards and Opportunities

Webinar: What You Need to Know About the NINDS Diversity Faculty Development K01 Award: Tips for Preparing Your Application

The Importance of Project Originality and Project Ownership by the Candidate(pdf, 126 KB) 

Putting Together Your Strongest K01 Application

Suggestions for a Good Career Development Plan

NIH Clinical Trial Definition

K01 Award Information from NIH

Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity

Diversity Resources

Awardee Success Stories

Loan Repayment Program

How to Apply

Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients

NINDS Diversity Career Development (K) Award OPEN Conversations Webinar