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Funding Opportunities

Fellowship Funding

Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

The NIH Postdoctoral IRTA Program provides advanced training and research experience to physicians and Ph.D.-level investigators who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers. To be eligible to apply for this program, candidates must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than 5 years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree.

Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

The NIH Predoctoral IRTA Program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree programs at fully accredited U.S. universities.

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

The Postbaccalaureate IRTA program is open to (1) individuals who have graduated from a fully accredited U.S. college or university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of the award and intend to apply to graduate or medical school in biomedical research within the next year, and (2) students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school either to delay entrance for up to 1 year, or to interrupt their current schooling and to return within 1 year to their degree-granting program.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

The Summer Internship Program at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Students 16 years of age or older who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school, an accredited U.S. college or university, or an accredited U.S. medical/dental school are eligible to apply.

For more information on these positions, visit the NIH Research and Training Opportunities website at

Career Transition Awards

K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award

The K99/R00 award provides 1 to 2 years of mentored support to advanced postdoctoral researchers as they transition into becoming independent investigators. This award opportunity is open to postdoctoral fellows, both intramural and extramural, across all NIH Institutes and research institutions in the country.

There are three receipt dates annually, in October, February, and June. Candidates must apply no later than their fourth year of postdoctoral training.

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Last Reviewed: 11/20/2013

​Contact Information

Name: Ms Brenda R Hanning
Program Management Officer
Division of Intramural Research
Phone: 301-451-7753
Fax: 301-480-0378
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