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Extramural Research Training & Career Development

Revised April 2015

Introduction on Research Training at NIDA

Did you know that NIDA has a number of programs to support both predoctoral and postdoctoral-level scientists interested in drug abuse research? NIDA has made a strong commitment to supporting and training our future scientists and, as a result, the funding for research training has been growing steadily in recent years. NIDA supports individual Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Ph.D. students (F31) and MD/PhD (F30) candidates, as well as funding for more than 60 training sites for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows across the country (T32). NIDA also funds individual postdoctoral Kirschstein NRSA fellowships (F32), and a variety of career awards.

NIH Blueprint and Common Fund programs also offer funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research training. Opportunities for funding rapidly change, so please check frequently for the latest Blueprint and Common Fund announcements.

Research Training & Career Development Opportunities


Update and Policy Changes

Policy for T32 Programs

NIDA funded T32 programs are permitted to add new trainees within the last year of the program's funding with prior approval from NIDA. This policy will help to protect new trainees from a sudden lapse of funding within a relatively short period of time should the applicant's competing application not be awarded.
Prior approval can be obtained under the following circumstances: 1) the new trainee(s) require(s) support under this mechanism for only a brief time, or 2) there is a contingency plan in place to provide continuous support for the trainee(s), should the competing application not be awarded. In either case, there should be no expectation that NIDA will continue to support trainees through the T32 program once the program's funding is finished. The procedure for obtaining prior approval will be a written request accompanied by a reasonable justification submitted to the assigned NIDA Program Official, at least 2 months prior to when the trainee will be appointed.

Please be advised that this policy and requirements will be included in all T32 Notices of Grant Award.

Policy for Career Development Awards (K Awards)

Research Training (T32) Sites


This page was last updated April 2015

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    For a complete list of NIDA contacts on Research Training and Career Development mechanisms, please visit Research Training Committee.

    To receive more information on these and other funding mechanisms that might be right for you, contact the NIDA Deputy Research Training Coordinator, Mimi Ghim, Ph.D.
    E-mail: ghimm@mail.nih.gov
    Telephone: 301-443-6071