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Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

Purpose of the Award

  • Encourages research-oriented quantitative scientists and engineers with little or no experience in biomedicine, bioengineering, bio imaging, or behavioral research to:
    • gain fundamental knowledge in these areas and develop relevant research skill
    • gain experience in current concepts, advanced methods, and experimental approaches that will allow them to conduct basic or clinical biomedical, behavioral, bio imaging, or bioengineering research
    • become independent investigators or play leading roles in multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Provides a unique opportunity for candidates holding degrees in quantitative science or engineering to embark on three to five years of special study, including course work, seminars, meetings, and mentored research, to achieve the career enhancement goals outlined above
Note: Examples of quantitative scientific and technical backgrounds considered appropriate for this award include, but are not limited to: mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry, and engineering.


  • New: NOT-OD-20-033
    • Program Plan attachment – candidates expected to address, as applicable, new research skills they plan to acquire in rigorous research design, experimental methods, quantitative approaches, and data analysis and interpretation.
    • Applicants for diversity-related career development programs expected to attach a Description of Candidate’s Contribution to Program Goals.
  • There are no specific requirements for who should serve as an applicant’s referees, including a primary mentor or predoctoral advisor. There are many legitimate reasons why a postdoctoral grant applicant would choose not to include a letter of reference from their predoctoral thesis advisor. The absence of a letter from a predoctoral thesis advisor or another previous mentor should not affect the score.


  • Must have enhanced skills in the experimental, theoretical and conceptual approaches used in biomedicine, behavioral science, bio imaging or bioengineering
  • Should incorporate into their training plan formal courses in relevant areas of biomedicine, behavioral science, bio imaging, or bioengineering

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