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Programs for Physician-Scientists and Other Clinician-Scientists

**NEW** Call for Applications: Travel Awards to the NIMH MD/PhD Student Conference in Conjunction with the Annual Molecular Psychiatry Meeting

The NIMH offers a number of funding opportunities, supplements, and institutional programs for Physician-Scientists and Clinician-Scientists. NIMH also participates in loan repayment programs relevant to Physician and other Clinician-Scientists. You are encouraged to contact a Program Officer to identify the NIMH division that provides the best fit for your proposed research, and determine eligibility for the opportunities below.

Funding Opportunities for MD/PhD and other Dual-Degree Students

  • The F30 funding opportunity is appropriate for MD/PhD and other dual-degree students who are U.S. citizens and seek support for their integrated research and clinical training.
  • The F31 funding opportunity is appropriate for MD/PhD and other dual-degree students seeking training and funding during only the PhD phase.
  • The F31 – Diversity funding opportunity is appropriate for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding opportunity will support either integrated research and clinical training, similar to the F30, or research training only.

Links to Funded Award Examples*

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

F30 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30) 


F31 **

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) 
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) 

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

** The NIH RePORTER query for the F31 Predoctoral Awards includes Parent F31 and the Parent F31 – Diversity.

Link to NRSA FAQs 

NRSA Policy Updates  – Applicants are strongly encouraged to review NRSA policy updates before submitting an application. Failure to follow relevant policies may lead you to submit an incomplete application, which will not be reviewed. Relevant policy notices can also be found in the “Related Notices” section of each funding announcement.

NIMH-Specific Policies and other Relevant Notices

Funding Opportunities for MD/PhD and other Dual-Degree Early to Mid-Career Investigators

You are strongly encouraged to contact a Program Officer to discuss which funding opportunity would best match your level of training, career development plans, and research.

Links to Funded Award Examples* Link to the Funding Opportunity (Provides application instructions, information on eligibility, review criteria, etc.)

F32 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) 

K99 

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) 

K08 

Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08) 

K23 

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23) 

K24 

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24) 

* 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 updates before submitting an application. Failure to follow relevant policies may lead you to submit an incomplete application, which will not be reviewed. Relevant policy notices can also be found in the “Related Notices” section of each funding announcement.

NIMH-Specific Policies and other Relevant Notices

NIH Loan Repayment Program

NIMH participates in two of the five extramural Loan Repayment Programs:

  1. Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program
  2. Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program

Visit the website below for additional information.

Administrative Supplements

The NIMH provides two administrative supplement programs to provide funds to research projects to support advanced research experiences of exceptional individuals holding the MD/PhD degree early in their research careers (see note on eligibility below). The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for MD/PhD-trained individuals to continue to conduct research and enhance their research skill set while completing clinical training, i.e., during the years of residency and clinical fellowship. Support through this administrative supplement program is expected to enhance the scientific and professional development of the individuals, speed their transition to research independence as physician-scientists, and contribute to scientific knowledge that advances the mission of the NIMH.

Important points about eligibility:

  • NIMH-supported R01, R34, R37, P01, P20, P30, P50, U01, UM1, and U19 research projects are eligible for this supplement program
  • NIH DP1 and DP2 awards may be eligible for this program if the funded research is aligned with the mission and strategic priorities of the NIMH
  • The parent grant must be active and have sufficient time remaining to provide a productive supplement period, generally at least two years
  • The research proposed in the supplement must be within the general scope  of the peer-reviewed activities and aims of the parent grant

Please view the following links for additional information and about how to apply:

Funding Opportunities for Institutional Programs

The NIMH encourages applications to the following Research Education Grant (R25) funding opportunity from Institutions/Organizations that propose innovative research educational activities during psychiatry residency for research-oriented residents. These programs will facilitate the development of research-oriented physician-scientists who are prepared to conduct research in scientific areas that fulfill the objectives of the NIMH Strategic Plan.

NIMH Research Education Programs Supporting Psychiatric Residents (R25) 

Link to currently funded programs