Through its extramural organizational units, the NICHD offers support for a variety of training and career development opportunities at other institutions. Find information on fellowships, career development awards, institutional awards, and education awards below.
Funding Mechanisms for Extramural Training & Career Development
The NICHD uses various mechanisms to provide funding support for training and career development activities at universities and other institutions.
- Individual Research Fellowships (F): The NICHD supports fellowships under the National Research Service Award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
- Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Provide Diversity (F31)
- Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32)
- Career Development (K) Awards: The NICHD sponsors awards for senior level postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.
- Mentored Career Development Awards (K01, K08, K23, K25, K99)
- Career Development Awards for Independent Investigators (K02, K24)
- Institutional Training Grants (T32/K12): These awards are made to institutions to support groups of pre- and/or postdoctoral fellows, including trainees in basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences.
- Institutional Training Grants (T32)
- Institutional Career Development Programs (K12)
- Education Grants (R25): NICHD sponsors education grants for summer research experiences and methodologically oriented short courses.
- Summer Education Grants (R25)
- NICHD Short Courses (R25)
Not sure if your research falls into the NICHD portfolio?
In pursuit of its mission, the NICHD offers fellowships, career development
awards, institutional training grants, and research project grants in areas
relevant to normal and abnormal human development, including: contraception,
fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development;
childhood development through adolescence; intellectual and developmental
disabilities; and rehabilitation medicine. Learn the types of research
supported by NICHD and find the staff scientists who lead these programs.
For health professionals who commit at least 2 years to conducting qualified research, the NIH may repay up to $35,000 per year of qualified student loan debt, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. There are extramural LRPs in the following areas: Clinical Research; Pediatric Research; Health Disparities Research; Contraception and Infertility Research; and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds.
NICHD offers extramural LRPs in three of the five qualifying areas: clinical research, pediatric research, and contraception and infertility research.
Find answers to common questions about mechanisms you can use to get funding support for training and career development at your institution. FAQ categories include: policies, application procedures, and management of funded awards, including individual F and K mechanisms and institutional K12 and T32 grants. Overview FAQs provide important background information for those new to the NIH funding process, as well as information about specific program Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), such as Requests for Applications (RFAs).
Questions About Extramural Training?
The NICHD Office of Extramural Policy (OEP) provides overall leadership and guidance on training programs for extramural students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage faculty. The OEP advises on NICHD policies and procedures affecting NICHD extramural activities, and on funding strategies, programs and initiatives, personnel, and other matters pertaining to NICHD extramural research and support.
For questions about extramural fellowships, career development awards, or institutional training programs, contact Dennis A. Twombly, PhD., Extramural Training Officer/Deputy Director of OEP.