Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for an NINDS Postdoctoral Research Career Development Award (K01)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-16-013

Key Dates
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: October 2016
First Estimated Application Due Date: February 2017
Earliest Estimated Award Date: October 2017
Earliest Estimated Start Date: October 2017

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Issued by
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intends to restructure its support of postdoctoral researchers by publishing two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to solicit applications for support of postdoctoral research. The FOA described in this notice will utilize the K01 activity code and another FOA will utilize the F32 activity code (see NOT-NS-16-012)

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants time to develop, with their mentors, plans for a research project that will belong to the applicant, which is based on preliminary data collected by the applicant in the mentor's laboratory.

The new NINDS K01 FOA is expected to be published by the Fall of 2016, with an anticipated initial application due date in Winter of 2017.

Research Initiative Details

The NINDS K01 is intended for candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree. Candidates will be eligible to apply for the K01 anytime within the second through fourth year of cumulative mentored, postdoctoral research experience, and may be supported by the NINDS K01 within the first 6 years of cumulative postdoctoral research experience. Successful K01 applications will be designed to facilitate the continuation of outstanding, innovative projects, combined with career development activities that will prepare outstanding postdoctoral, mentored investigators for an independent research career. The K01 application will describe a project that, as demonstrated by preliminary data collected by the applicant, holds promise to result in highly significant results and future discoveries. The K01 candidate will continue to be guided by a postdoctoral mentor, but will be primarily responsible for oversight and conduct of the research project. By the end of the proposed K01 award period, the candidate will be poised to begin an independent research career and will have a well-developed, highly significant project that he/she can take with him/her to an independent research position.

The NINDS K01 is intended only for candidates with a research doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent), and not for postdoctoral researchers who have a clinical doctorate (M.D. or equivalent). Candidates with a clinical degree (either alone or in combination with a research doctorate) may apply for a K08 or K23 award, or if eligible, the K99/R00 award.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-4188