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National Institutes of Health

Office of Research Training and Career Development


The Research Training and Career Development Office supports research training at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early investigator level of career development in areas relevant to the focus of the Division. The Office thus supports research training and early career development in basic neuroscience and basic behavioral science. The primary goal of this Office is to ensure that sufficient, highly trained research investigators will be available to address basic and clinical research questions pertinent to mental health and mental illness and thereby to reduce the burden of mental and behavioral disorders. We encourage investigators to incorporate exposure to clinical problems in their training programs. Investigators are urged to review the specific research programs within the Division for information on research areas we support and then contact the director of the Research Training and Career Development Office for additional information.

The Division encourages the implementation of diverse translational education and research opportunities in research training programs. Training programs may incorporate clinically relevant didactic (e.g. seminars, journal clubs, coursework) and/or research experiences for trainees in neuroscience and basic behavioral science in order to provide translational exposure from the basic to the clinical dimension. Training programs may incorporate didactic and/or research experiences that provide translational opportunities within fundamental neuroscience, e.g. experiences that translate from an in vitro to an in vivo system or that translate from genetic studies in postmortem tissue to a model system.

Office Programs

Institutional Training Program (T32), including the Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences

Research Education Grants (R25)

Mentored Career Development Program (K99, K01, K08, K23, K25)

Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships (F30, F31, F32)

Dissertation Research Grants to Increase Diversity (R36)

For a listing of Research Training Announcements, visit the NIMH page for Research Training, Career Development, and Related Programs.


Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
Associate Director
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7197, MSC 9645

James D. Churchill, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7195, MSC 9645

Contact for Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Mary F. Curvey
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7213, MSC 9647

Areas of Emphasis