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Training and Career Development Grant Programs

NIAID uses the following programs to develop and support the next generation of biomedical researchers — people just entering graduate school, finishing their doctorates, or coming in from other fields. These awards enable promising scientists to gain education and experience. We award some grants to people, while others go to specific projects or educational institutions.

Training Grants (T)

National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) and Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (T35) provide domestic, nonprofit, and private or public graduate-level academic institutions with funds for training predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates.

Fellowship Grants (F)

NIH awards National Research Service Award (NRSA) individual fellowship grants to provide research experience to students and scientists at various stages of their careers.

Career Development Awards (K)

NIAID offers research career development awards, which enable scientists with diverse backgrounds to enhance their careers in biomedical research. Mentored K awards can also have positive effects on your publication record and subsequent receipt of NIH research grants.

Loan Repayment Programs

NIH Loan Repayment Programs help M.D.s and some other doctoral-level professionals pursue research careers by repaying qualifying educational debt.

Research Supplements

Research supplements add funds to an existing grant to increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Supplements also help promising researchers return to a scientific career.

Research Projects

The NIAID Research Education Program (R25) and the Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program (R38) both provide support to eligible institutions to train participants in biomedical research areas.

Choose an Award by Career Stage
To help you decide which award best suits your needs, use our career stage timelines. They show the grants that might be appropriate for where you are on the Ph.D. or M.D. track.
Know What To Look for When Choosing a Mentor
Before you apply for an NIAID fellowship or mentored career development award, you’ll need to find a principal investigator (PI) to serve as your mentor throughout the project.
Postdocs' Guide to Gaining Independence
If you’re a postdoctoral researcher currently working in your mentor’s lab, we offer advice on how to lay the groundwork toward becoming a principal investigator (PI) of your own lab, most likely as a faculty member at an academic institution.
Salary Cap, Stipends, & Training Funds
When you prepare your application budget, check the cap on the direct salary you can charge to a grant and the stipend levels. Learn how you can use training and fellowship award funds.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about training and career awards, contact

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