Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for "BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)"
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Key Dates

Release Date:
June 17, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
August 14, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
December 08, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
July 01, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
July 01, 2021
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Reissue of RFA-MH-18-510 - BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)


The NIMH, with other NIH Institutes and Centers participating in theBrain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies®(BRAIN) Initiative, intends to reissue "BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)."

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful mentoring teams and responsive projects.

The Funding Opportunity Annoucement (FOA) is expected to be published in Summer 2020 with an initial expected application due date in December 2020.

This FOA will utilize the F32 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The purpose of the BRAIN Initiative Fellows (F32) program is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctorates, early in their postdoctoral training period, who have the potential to become productive investigators in research areas that will advance the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Applications are encouraged in any research area that is aligned with one or more of the seven high-priority areas of the BRAIN Initiative, including neuroethics. Applicants are expected to propose research training in an area that clearly complements their predoctoral research. Formal training in analytical tools appropriate for the proposed research is expected to be an integral component of the research training plan. In order to maximize the training potential of the F32 award, this program encourages applications from individuals who have not yet completed their terminal doctoral degree and who expect to do so within 12 months of the application due date. On the application due date, candidates may not have completed more than 12 months of postdoctoral training.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding


Expected Number of Awards
Estimated Award Ceiling


Primary CFDA Numbers

93.242, 93.173, 93.866, 93.853, 93.286, 93.213, 93.867, 93.865, 93.279, 93.273

Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entity (Foreign Organization)

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Ashlee Van’t Veer, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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