Postdoctoral

Training, fellowship, and career development opportunities.
Training at the NHLBI

Training and career development opportunities at the NHLBI in Bethesda, Maryland cover a broad spectrum of disciplines for individuals at career stages ranging from high school students, graduate students, scientists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.

Career Transition Award

K22

Facilitates the transition of investigators to independent, productive research careers. One or two phase award; an initial period of mentored research, followed by a period of independent research at an extramural institution.

Marshall W. Nirenberg Fellowship

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established the Marshall W. Nirenberg Postdoctoral Fellowship to provide rigorous post-graduate training in the biomedical sciences under the mentorship of a Tenure Track Investigator in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the NHLBI. The Nirenberg Fellowship is designed to provide trainees with intense research training as well as opportunities for career development, including attendance at national and international meetings.

Pathway to Independence Award

K99/R00

Increases and maintains a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. View the fact sheet for more information.

Postdoctoral Research Training at the NHLBI

Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment.

Funding for Training

The NHLBI supports fellowships, research career development awards, and training/education research for those pursuing biomedical or behavioral research careers in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic health and disease, sleep disorders, or transfusion medicine, at universities and institutions across the country. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.

Individual

Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

K25

The purpose of this award is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 supports productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., statistics, economics, computer science, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.

Pathway to Independence Award

K99/R00

Increases and maintains a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. View the fact sheet for more information.

Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)

DIVERSITY

All-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the NHLBI to address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral scientists in establishing independent academic research careers and negotiating through the academic ranks.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

SUPP
DIVERSITY

Provides administrative supplements to currently active NIH research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after a qualifying interruption for family or other responsibilities.

Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

F32

Enhances the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Institution

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award

T32
DIVERSITY

Enables institutions to recruit individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas. The goal of this program is to prepare qualified predoctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. View the additional NHLBI-specific funding announcement focused on diversity.

Read the Supplemental Guidelines for the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award.