Postdoctoral Grant Programs


TWD programs foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division funds research training, career development and diversity-building activities through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and institutional levels.​

For more information about the postdoctoral grant programs, contact:

Mike Sesma, Ph.D.
Chief, Postdoctoral Training, TWD
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Tel: 301-594-3900

Programs for Institutions:

Institutional Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA)(T32)

PA-18-403; Alison Cole; Richard Okita; Darren Sledjeski; Scott Somers

Institutional training programs support research training for clinician-scientists in four clinically relevant research areas within the mission of NIGMS: anesthesiology; clinical pharmacology; medical genetics; and injury and critical illness. Trainees receive at least 2 years of research training in basic, clinical and/or translational science areas and engage in activities to promote research career development.?

FY2017: NIGMS supported 8 medical genetics, 10 clinical pharmacology, 16 anesthesiology, and 17 injury and critical illness​ programs; with 207 trainees.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA)(K12)

PAR-16-103; Mercedes Rubio

IRACDA supports postdoctoral training to prepare for independent research and teaching careers in academia, and strengthens and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups. Postdoctoral scholars are supported for a 3-year mentored research, teaching and career development experience in a research-intensive institution and regional, primarily teaching institutions with significant underrepresented student populations.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 20 institutions with 189 scholars.

National Research Mentoring Network(NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium Contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2017: One NRMN award which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations.

Programs for Individuals:

NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate(PRAT)Program(F12))

PAR-16-130; Dr. Kenneth Gibbs

The PRAT Program is a competitive postdoctoral fellowship program to pursue research in one of the laboratories of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program was initiated in 1965 to address a national need for well-trained pharmacologists, and as the field of pharmacology has matured and broadened, the program has followed suit. To reflect this shift, in 2012 the P in the program's acronym changed from "Pharmacology" to "Postdoctoral." The PRAT acronym remains the same.

Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA)(F32)

PA-18-670; 10 Program Officers

Postdoctoral fellowships support advanced and specialized training in basic and/or clinical research through an intensive, mentored research project experience that encourages the development of independence, innovation and creativity in a highly productive research setting.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 381 F32 awards in 80 institutions.

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

PA-18-398; Oleg Barski; Paula Flicker; Dan Janes; Michael Sesma;

The goal of this program is to shorten and facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator capable of leading a research team. The strategy is to support highly promising postdoctoral researchers in 2-year mentored research positions followed by 3 years of independent research support when the grantee obtains an independent position.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 33 K99 awards in 21 institutions; and 34 R00 awards in 30 institutions.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-906; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing

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

PA-18-592; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive, mentored research experiences that facilitate re-entry and the establishment of a full-time, independent research career for individuals at the postdoctoral or early faculty level who have high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 3 awards.