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Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to Support Postdoctoral Nervous System Clinical Research

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Postdoctoral Mentored Career Development Award (K01 Clinical Trial Required)


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
CFDA Number: 93.853
Funding or PIN Number: PAR-23-142
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 5:00 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHEs, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and agencies to support postdoctoral nervous system clinical research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to give eligible postdocs the mentorship and research experience necessary to begin a successful career. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is designed specifically for candidates proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary clinical trial, as part of their research and career development.

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.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Organizations:

Higher Education Institutions
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

For-Profit Organizations
- Small Businesses
- For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

- State Governments
- County Governments
- City or Township Governments
- Special District Governments
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)

- Independent School Districts
- Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
- Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
- Regional Organizations

Candidates must have more than 12 months, but no more than 48 months, of postdoctoral research experience as of the relevant application due date. Only candidates with a research doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) or candidates who have a clinical doctorate but will not have a license to practice clinically for the duration of the K01 award period are eligible to apply.

At the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the academic institution. Candidates are required to commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort (i.e., a minimum of 9 person-months) to their program of career development. Candidates may engage in other duties as part of the remaining 25% of their full-time professional effort not covered by this award, as long as such duties do not interfere with or detract from the proposed career development program.

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Individuals who currently have a license to practice clinically, or will have a license to practice clinically at any time during the K01 award period, are not eligible.

Individuals with any kind of faculty position (including Instructor, Research Assistant Professor, etc.) are not eligible to apply for this NINDS postdoctoral K01.

An individual may not have two or more competing NIH career development applications pending review concurrently.

Salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistants, etc. is not allowed.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Due Date: February 12, 2024 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
- Scientific Merit Review: July 2024
- Advisory Council Review: October 2024
- Earliest Start Date: December 2024

You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.
1. Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
2. Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.
3. Use Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.

Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible:
- System for Award Management (SAM) - Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration.
- Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) - A UEI is issued as part of the registration process. The same UEI must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
- eRA Commons - Once the unique organization identifier is established, organizations can register with eRA Commons in tandem with completing their registration; all registrations must be in place by time of submission.
- - Applicants must have an active SAM registration in order to complete the registration.

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct, and each is from a different candidate.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum allowable salary for an applicant at the time of award (i.e., for year 1 of the award) is the applicant's base postdoctoral salary at the time of application. In the event that the K01 scholar moves to a faculty position, salary may be adjusted to be consistent with the base salary of this new position. NIH will contribute up to $95,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient.

NIH will contribute $30,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

Term of Contract
The total project period may not exceed 48 months.

Contact Information
eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threaten on-time submission, and post-submission issues):
Finding Help Online: (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

General Grants Information (Questions regarding application processes and NIH grant resources)
Email: (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-637-3015 Customer Support (Questions regarding registration and Workspace)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726

Scientific/Research Contact:
Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Peer Review Contact:
Ernest Lyons, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-9223

Financial/Grants Management Contact:
Shellie Wilburn, M.B.A.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-9231

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