Research Training & Career Development Opportunities by Grant Mechanism

Revised April 2019



Key to understanding the complex world of NIH Funding is mastering the different types of funding mechanisms.  This page provides information on the different training and career development grants broken out by their funding mechanism (K, F or T).

This does not cover all of the possible NIH grant mechanisms but those in which the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) participates. For information on all training programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) please visit the Research Training and Career Development page at
You can also find some helpful information on the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER) “Grants & Funding” website:  Links are provided below for each of the programs as well as contact information for NIAAA. Not all NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) participate in all programs so we encourage you to read through the program descriptions and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) before contacting program staff.  

Fellowships (Fs)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individuals MD/Ph.D. (F30)
Provides promising predoctoral students who have matriculated in combined MD/Ph.D. or other dual doctorate degree training programs with enhanced research and clinical training.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Peter Gao, Ph.D.,

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F31)
Mentored research training opportunity for up to 5 years of support toward a research doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Sc.).  Provides annual stipend, funds for tuition/fees, research supplies, equipment, travel and other related research items.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Ivana Grakalic, Ph.D.,

Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32)
Provides up to 3 years support at postdoctoral level, for expenses for supplies, equipment, travel, tuition, and fees.  Stipend based on years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Qi Ying Liu, Ph.D.,

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellow (F33)
Provides up to 5 years of aggregate NRSA support for stipends, tuition, and fees, health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books and travel to early career scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Dale Hereld, Ph.D.,

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00)
This program aims to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research.  This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition students to strong neuroscience positions.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Lynn Morin,

Career Development (Ks)

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01)
Provides support for 3 to 5 years of intensive, supervised career development in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Lynn Morin,

Independent Research Scientist Development Award (K02)
Provides 3 to 5 years of salary support and “protected time” for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Anita Bechtholt, Ph.D.,

Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
Provides 3 to 5 years of supervised specialized study for outstanding clinical research scientists with health professional doctoral degrees, who have the potential to develop into independent investigators and who are committed to a career in laboratory- or field-based research.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Svetlana Radaeva, Ph.D.,

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
Supports 3 to 5 years for the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Deidra Roach, MD,

Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)
Provides support and “protected time” for a period of supervised study and research for productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.

NIAAA Staff Contact: John Matochik

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
Provides up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases: 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists, followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. Applicants must be within 4 years of having earned their doctoral degree.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Lynn Morin,

Training (Ts)

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Awarded to eligible domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. 

A list of NIAAA Training Programs can be found:

NIAAA T32 Supplemental Information:

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Lynn Morin,

Ruth L. Kirschstein Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T34)
Currently, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is the only NIH Institute that supports the T32 mechanism.  This program aims to prepare high-achieving, underrepresented students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields.

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (T35)
NIAAA supports short-term research training for students who are active in alcohol research in order to promote the application of new biomedical, behavioral and statistical technologies that advance alcohol research.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Lynn Morin,


Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (administrative supplement to a parent grant)

NIAAA Staff Contact: Deidra Roach, MD,

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Diversity Supplements)
Administrative supplement awarded to an existing parent grant.  Funding is provided for salary support, research supplies, and travel.  The program supports individuals at the high school, undergraduate, predoctoral (graduate), postdoctoral, and investigator levels.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Lynn Morin,

Research (Rs)

Summer Research Education Experience Programs (R25)
Provides a summer research experience for high school and college students.  Also offers opportunities for science teachers through institutional research grants.

NIAAA Staff Contact: Judith Arroyo, PhD,

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

A set of programs established by Congress designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.  The LRP repays up to $35,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.

NIH Division of Loan Repayment website:

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Peggy Murray, PhD,

Intramural (IRP)

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) - NIH Intramural training opportunity
This program provides an opportunity to spend the summer working onsite at the NIH with some of the leading scientists in the world.

NIAAA Staff Contact:  Richard Doucette,