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Research Training Opportunities for Young Investigators


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

Transfer of NIDA Fellowship Review to the CSR

Beginning with the April 8, 2008 receipt date, the NIDA-K study section will no longer be reviewing individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship applications. These applications will be assigned to scientific review groups in the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), where the majority of the research grant applications sent to NIH are reviewed. Please see the FAQs [pdf 28 kb] for details.

Mentored K Awardees Meeting Flyer

2008 Mentored K Awardees Meeting Presentations

2008 CPDD Presentations


Research Training Opportunities

NIDA Policy Updates

Policy Update for T32 Programs

NIDA funded T32 programs are no longer permitted to add new trainees within the last year of the program's funding without 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 may 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 new requirements will be included in all T32 Notices of Grant Award.

Policy Update for Career Development Awards (K Awards)
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How to Apply: Forms & Instructions

Review Process

2006 NIDA Research Training Directors Meeting Presentations

Other Sites of Interest

  • Publishing Addiction Science:
    A self-guided tutorial that reviews publication practices and tips, designed to help students and new investigators to publish in the addiction science field. This tutorial was developed by the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) with sponsorship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the World Health Organization, and is based on the book, "Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed." The text is available for free download on the ISAJE Website (

Contact Information

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

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:, Telephone: 301-443-6071.

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