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Mental Health Research Career/Scientist Development Awards

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This federal aid program is managed by:

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services


To provide support for research career development relating to causes, risk, diagnosis, genetics, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and services use for mental illness, behavioral disorders, and HIV/AIDS; and relating to basic neuroscience and basic behavioral science research addressing basic and clinical research pertinent to mental disorders; in order to increase the number of individuals who are competing to advance research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health support, including women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Funding obligations:

(Salaries) FY 09 $61,560,017; FY 10 est $62,483,417; FY 11 est $64,357,920

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01, MRSDA), Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08, MCSDA), and Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) provide support for individuals with research potential who need additional mentored development and/or experience in a productive research environment. Awards are available for up to 5 years of salary support (up to $90,000 per year) for the individual candidate, fringe benefits, and 8 percent F&A costs. Specialized training costs and limited research costs are allowable under justified circumstances. Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) supports the career development of individuals who have made commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Awards are available for three to five years up to $90,000 per year to help offset the full time salary requirement of the candidate. The NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00) provides up to 2 years of mentored support (K99) for a postdoctoral individual followed by up to 3 years of support after the awardee transitions to research independence (R00). K99/R00 awards are awards for up to 5 years of support. During the K99 phase, awards provide up to $50,000 per year for the salary of the individual candidate as well as fringe benefits, and 8 percent F&A costs. Specialized training costs and limited research costs are allowable under justified circumstances. Salary support for all mentored awards may be supplemented by the sponsoring institution from nonfederal funds. The Independent Scientist Award (K02, ISA) is for independent scientists whose careers are developing rapidly; the Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is for outstanding clinical scientists engaged in patient-oriented research. No specialized training costs are available; limited research costs for K24s and K02s in theoretical areas are available.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: FY11 est 415 awards. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$4,951 to $191,660; $155,063.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Varies, with a project periods ranging from 1 to 5 years. Funding commitments are made annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the application organization.

Applicant Eligibility:

All awards in these series are made to appropriate domestic research centers, medical schools, departments of psychiatry, non-medical academic departments, psychiatric hospitals or hospitals with psychiatric services, community mental health centers, and biomedical research institutes on behalf of individuals who need the opportunity to realize research potential. Except for the NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00), the individuals must be citizens or nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. The NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00) is open to both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. Individuals must qualify by scholastic degree and previous training and/or experience.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Public and private profit or nonprofit organizations will benefit.

Award Procedure:

All 'K' Series awards are recommended for approval by the National Advisory Mental Health Council and those approved are awarded directly by NIMH to the applicant institution.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Jean G. Noronha, National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Blvd, Room 6147, MSC 9609, Bethesda, MD 20892-9609, Rockville, MD 20852 (for Express mail), (301) 443-3367 (301) 443-4720 (FAX), Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9609 Email: Phone: (301) 443-3367 Fax: (301) 443-4720.

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