The objective of this NINDS Postdoctoral Mentored Career Development Award (K01) is to provide support for the development of a potentially impactful research project, combined with a sustained period (up to 4 years) of intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The project, together with the skills and knowledge obtained, should form the basis for the candidate's projected independent research program. Candidates are eligible to apply for this postdoctoral K01 support in years two through four of cumulative postdoctoral research experience, and may be supported by the NINDS postdoctoral K01 within the first 6 years of cumulative postdoctoral research experience (this eligibility window applies to new and resubmission applications). Although guided by one or more postdoctoral mentors, the candidate will be primarily responsible for the oversight and conduct of the proposed research project. By the end of the K01 award period, the candidate should be poised to begin an independent research career, and have a well-developed, potentially impactful project that can be continued by the K01 awardee in an independent research position.
Successful applicants for this award are intended to be those who have previous high quality research accomplishments, innovative and/or creative ideas, and a potentially impactful project for which they have already obtained some high-quality preliminary data. The candidate's research mentor(s) should have an outstanding record of research accomplishment, including a history of attention to the highest principles of experimental design and data analysis and interpretation. In addition, it is anticipated that the primary mentor will have a record of successfully mentoring others towards their goal as independent researchers.
Projects with direct relevance to one or more neurological diseases or disorders, as well as, those that are targeted to understanding central and/or peripheral nervous system processes without a direct disease-relevance are encouraged. The integrated program of research and career development is expected to provide applicants with the breadth and depth of understanding that will place them at the forefront of their scientific field.