Mid-Career Investigator Awards

Independent Scientist Award (K02)
Provides support for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus to enhance their research careers and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their fields. Eligibility: doctoral degree and peer-reviewed, independent research support at the time of award. Funding Announcement.


Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
Provides clinical scientists support to conduct patient-oriented research and to mentor clinical investigators by relieving them of patient care and administrative responsibilities. This is a 5-year award that requires 3 to 6 person-months of effort (equivalent to 25–50 percent effort), and provides additional funds for incidental expenses. Funding Announcement.


NIDA Small Grants Program (R03)
Intended for newer, less experienced investigators; investigators at institutions without well-developed research traditions and resources; and more experienced investigators conducting exploratory studies that either represent a significant change in research direction or test new methods or techniques. Provides research support up to a maximum of $50,000 per year in direct costs for up to 2 years. Funding Announcement.


B/START—Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of investigators who are 5 or fewer years past training status into the field of behavioral science research. Support is for 1 year, with a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs. Funding Announcement.


I/START—Imaging-Science Track Award for Research Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of new investigators to the area of brain imaging/clinical neurobiology research, allowing for the design and collection of “proof of concept” brain imaging data for use in transitioning to more extensive research proposals. This mechanism has a 1-year maximum of $150,000 in direct costs. Funding Announcement.


A/START—AIDS-Science Track Award for Research Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of newly independent and early career investigators to the area of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS research. Provides support for two years, with a maximum of $100,000 per year in direct costs. Investigators funded under this mechanism are expected to use their data to develop R01 grant applications on the intersection of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.  Funding Announcement.


Exploratory/Developmental Grant Applications (R21)
Designed to test innovative or conceptually creative, scientifically sound ideas and to enable exploration of the feasibility of the research question or approach. Data demonstrating feasibility are desirable. Novel and creative approaches are essential. Provides up to 2 years of funding and a maximum of $275,000 in direct costs (both years combined). Funding Announcement.


Regular Research Grant (R01)
An independent grant mechanism used for many of the research grant opportunities available at NIDA. Grantees can support mentored research training opportunities on their R01 grants. Funding Announcement.