To enhance biomedical research workforce diversity by supporting a mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for postdoctoral fellows working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative.
Due Dates for New Applications
February 10, 2020, June 10, 2020, October 9, 2020; February 10, 2021; June 9, 2021; October 6, 2021; February 10, 2022; June 8, 2022; October 11, 2022
Due Dates for Resubmission Applications
March 10, 2020, July 10, 2020, November 10, 2020; March 10, 2021; July 8, 2021; November 08, 2021; March 10, 2022; July 8, 2022; November 11, 2022
Postdoctorate/residency; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; Member of an underrepresented group
U.S. domestic institutions
This program is designed to enhance biomedical research workforce diversity and foster a strong cohort of new, highly skilled and well trained, NIH-supported, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds (including nationally underrepresented groups) working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative, as highlighted in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision. The BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 award is intended for individuals from diverse backgrounds (including nationally underrepresented groups) who are working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative, who have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience, and who require at least 12 months of mentored research training and career development (K99 phase) before transitioning to the independent research (R00) phase of the program.
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).
Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents by time of award to be eligible for this program. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as categories A-D in the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-031. All research areas within the BRAIN Initiative are encouraged (including but not limited to engineering, computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and neuroethics).
NIH Definition of a Postdoctoral Scholar(pdf, 395 KB)