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Funding Opportunity
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
BRAIN Initiative: Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: 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 (for new applications); and  March 10, 2020; July 10, 2020; November 10, 2020; March 10, 2021; July 8, 2021; November 8, 2021; March 10, 2022; July 8, 2022; November 11, 2022 (for resubmission applications)
Award Information: Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses. The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase provides support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral research training and career development. The second (R00) phase provides up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. The BRAIN Initiative intends to commit $4M per year in fiscal years 2020-23 to fund an estimated 20 awards per year.

The purpose of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) program is to enhance diversity in the neuroscience workforce and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds in  BRAIN Initiative research areas. For the purpose of this announcement, institutions are encouraged to identify candidates who will enhance diversity as described in  NOT-OD-18-210. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees launch competitive, independent research careers.

Applicants must have no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial or the subsequent resubmission application. The K99/R00 award is intended for individuals who require at least 12 months of mentored research training and career development (K99 phase) before transitioning to the R00 award phase of the program. Before submitting the application, the candidate must identify a mentor who will supervise the proposed career development and research experience. Candidates are  required to commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort (i.e., a minimum of 9 person-months) to their program of career development during the mentored phase. During the R00 phase, although candidates are required to devote no less than 75% of their full-time, 12-month professional effort to research (i.e., full-time for 9 person-months), the required 9 person-months of research effort need not be devoted exclusively to the R00-supported research. 

Two K99/R00 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) have been reissued. RFA-NS-19-043 is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. 

Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator should apply to the companion RFA-NS-19-044. This FOA is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development.
News & Announcements
Questions about this newsletter or proposal submission may be directed to:

Jennifer Corby
Research Development Officer | 617-495-1590

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