NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22)

NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health


The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. In addition to this opportunity, NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support a variety of other mentored career development programs designed to foster the transition of new investigators to research independence. These other programs may be more suitable for particular candidates.  NIH also supports non-mentored career development programs for independent investigators. More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.


There is a large loss of talented researchers from underrepresented backgrounds during the transition from postdoctoral training to junior faculty positions. Evidence from several reports demonstrates that an intervention designed to facilitate successful transition at this point would benefit the research community and scientific teaching environment and would provide needed role models for students from underrepresented groups (Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, National Academy of Sciences, 2011; Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in Biomedical Research, National Research Council, 2005; and Advancing the Nation’s Health Needs: NIH Research Training Programs, National Academy of Sciences, 2005). A diverse faculty is critical for providing role models for aspiring scientists from all backgrounds and achieving a balanced research agenda that benefits the nation. Moreover, surveys reveal that a diverse faculty is important for attracting diverse students to research and has a positive impact on retention and career mentoring for diverse students.  It is anticipated that increased faculty diversity will enhance the quality of research training for trainees, recruitment and retention of diverse study participants, and research on health disparities, and will influence prioritization of research. While the term “diversity” can encompass many personal attributes and characteristics, for this NINDS Diversity K22 program, diversity includes individuals from groups currently underrepresented in neuroscience research on a national basis, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or individuals with disabilities.

Specifically for neuroscience early career researchers, there is a decrease in the proportion of diverse trainees from postdoctoral (10%) to tenure-stream neuroscience faculty (5%; Report of Survey of Neuroscience Graduate, Postdoctoral, & Undergraduate Programs, Society for Neuroscience, 2009).  The objective of the NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K22) is to support talented advanced postdoctoral investigators from backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research during their transition to independent research positions.  This K22 program is designed to assist transition to secure faculty positions, increase research faculty diversity and enhance the skills needed to progress to independent NIH or other independent research support.  As demonstrated in a 2011 NIH Individual Mentored Career Development Awards Program Evaluation, receipt of an individual mentored career development award had a measurable and significant impact on program participants, as seen in their publication records and subsequent applications for and receipt of NIH grants.  Collectively, researchers who participated in a NIH K program had a significantly higher R01 success rate than those with no prior career development support.  It is envisioned that funding support from the Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity will increase the pool of well-trained researchers who are competitively funded to conduct neuroscience research.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-16-220
Funding Opportunity Title: NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.853 — Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Apr 28, 2016
Last Updated Date: Apr 28, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: May 07, 2019  
Current Closing Date for Applications: May 07, 2019  
Archive Date: Jun 07, 2019


Eligible Applicants:
Special district governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
State governments
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
County governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Small businesses
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: The NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity is designed to enhance the participation of highly trained early career investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This opportunity provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with strong training in neuroscience with the resources and tools that will help facilitate a transition to a stable and productive independent research position. Individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D., Ph.D./M.D. or equivalent) and between 2 and 5 years of postdoctoral prior research training at the time of application. The primary objectives of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are to: (1) assist talented scientists from underrepresented groups to transition from postdoctoral training to a secure, independent research position and (2) enhance the conditions that promote establishing a strong and innovative independent program of research.
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