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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


Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award


Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

* 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

NIMH Career Development Program Guidance and Policies

Guidance for Determining If Your Human Subjects’ Study is a Clinical Trial

Other Funding Opportunities at the NIMH and NIH

NIMH Opportunities & Announcements
NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01)
NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00)
R01 Research Project Grant
R03 Small Research Grant Program
R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant