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Funding Opportunities for Early Career Investigators

The following funding opportunities are available through NIMH for individuals in the early stages of their career.

NIMH strongly encourages prospective applicants to consult with the appropriate Program Officer well in advance of preparing an application. We will discuss the relevance of your proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities, provide guidance on the proposed research and training plans, and help identify the most appropriate funding opportunity for your research and training.

Links to Funded Award Examples*

Link to the Funding Opportunity (Provides application instructions, information on eligibility, review criteria, etc.)


Mentored Research Scientist Development Award  (K01)


Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award  (K08)


Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award  (K23)

* For a complete list of funded awards and grants please visit NIH RePORTER .

“K” Career Award Policy Updates  – Applicants are strongly encouraged to review career award policy issues prior to submission. Failure to follow policy may cause your application to be submitted as incomplete and it will not proceed to review. Policy notices can also be found in the “Related Notices” section of the program announcement and are subject to periodic updating.

NIMH-Specific Policies and other Relevant Notices