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 research. 

T32 Institutional Training Programs

  • Purpose: Ensures that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research
    • Issued to eligible institutions to support research training for groups of pre- and/or postdoctoral fellows. The number of positions or "slots" varies with each award.
    • The maximum duration of support for pre- and postdoctoral fellows under any National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is 5 years and 3 years, respectively (6 years for students in formal M.D./Ph.D. programs).
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or those lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • NICHD participates in the Parent T32 announcement, as well as other T32 announcements that promote training in priority scientific, health-related research fields relevant to the NICHD mission.

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant

  • View: Parent T32 Announcement
  • NICHD and Other NIH Institute/Center-Specific Requirements for the Parent T32: Select the “Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements, and Staff Contacts” link within the parent announcement to find NICHD-specific information.

T32 Pediatric Clinical and Developmental Pharmacology Training Network (PCDPTN)

K12 Institutional Career Development Programs

NICHD uses the Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (K12) Program to provide support to domestic institutions that mentor clinical fellows and scientists and help them become independent research investigators.

NICHD only accepts K12 applications in response to active Requests for Applications (RFAs). Receipt deadlines are listed in the RFA.

K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)

  • Purpose: Provides bridge support to physician-scientists as they move between completion of clinical or research fellowship training and an independent research career
  • Eligibility: Open to all types of clinicians and non-clinicians
  • Addresses the spectrum of women's health topics
  • Led by: NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH); administered by: NICHD Fertility and Infertility (FI) Branch
  • Visit: ORWH BIRCWH Web site to learn more and to view the most recent funding opportunity announcement.

K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program

  • Purpose: Supports institutional career development programs for fellows and new investigators who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in pediatrics and who are committed to launching an independent research career
  • Eligibility: Fellows and new investigators who recently completed pediatrics postgraduate clinical training
  • View: Current CHRCDA K12 announcement
  • Administered through:  NICHD Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB)
  • Visit: CHRCDA webpage
  • NICHD Contact: Karen Lee

K12 Male Reproductive Health Research (MRHR) Career Development Program

  • Purpose: Provides funding for a limited number of programs in male reproductive health
  • Eligibility: Supports the research career development of urologists, reproductive endocrinologists, and other clinicians who have recently completed sub-specialty training and who are commencing basic, translational, and/or clinical research relevant to men's reproductive health
  • The current announcement for the program has expired; you can view the expired MRHR program announcement for reference.
  • Administered through: NICHD FI Branch
  • NICHD Contact: Stuart Moss

K12 Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP)

K12 Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)

  • Purpose: This national network provides mentored career development opportunities for pediatricians who intend to pursue independent research careers in academic settings.
  • Eligibility: Pediatricians who have completed clinical training and have promising research potential
  • Currently funded PSDP awards were granted in fiscal year 2017 through RFA-HD-17-023.
  • Administered through: NICHD CDBB
  • NICHD Contact: Karen Winer

K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Programs

  • Purpose: Provides mentoring and career development of rehabilitation researchers in one of the following three domains: physical/occupational therapy and allied health professionals, clinicians involved in neurological rehabilitation, or bioengineers
  • Eligibility: Clinically trained individuals in the above areas who need further mentored research training to establish independent research programs
  • Currently funded Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program awards were granted in fiscal year 2017 through RFA-HD-17-021.
  • Administered through: NICHD National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
  • NICHD Contact: Ralph Nitkin

K12 Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP)

  • Purpose: This national network aims to develop a cadre of reproductive physician-scientists based in academic departments who use cutting-edge cell and molecular technologies to address important problems in the field of obstetrics and gynecology
  • Eligibility: Junior faculty who have an M.D. or equivalent and have completed a postgraduate residency training in general Ob/Gyn or an Ob/Gyn subspecialty area
  • View: Current RSDP Announcement
  • Administered through: NICHD FI Branch
  • NICHD Contact: Louis DePaolo

Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program

Resources for T32/K12 Programs

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