Postdoctoral Grant Programs


TWD programs foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division funds research training, career development and diversity-building activities through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and institutional levels.​

For more information about the postdoctoral grant programs, contact:

Dr. Michael​ Sesma
Chief, Postdoctoral Training, TWD
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200

Programs for Institutions:

Institutional Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA)(T32)

PA-20-142; Zuzana Justinova; Martha Garcia; Jianhua Xu; Xiaoli Zhao

Institutional training programs support research training for clinician-scientists in four clinically relevant research areas within the mission of NIGMS: anesthesiology; clinical pharmacology; medical genetics; and injury and critical illness. Trainees receive at least 2 years of research training in basic, clinical and/or translational science areas and engage in activities to promote research career development.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 8 medical genetics, 10 clinical pharmacology, 16 anesthesiology, and 17 injury and critical illness programs; with 207 trainees.

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5)

PAR-19-342; Kenneth Gibbs

The goal of the MOSAIC institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) is to equip MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars with professional skills and provide them with the appropriate mentoring and professional networks to facilitate their transition into, advancement, and success in independent academic research careers at research-intensive institutions.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA)(K12)

PAR-19-366; Edgardo Falcon-Morales; Desirée Salazar

IRACDA supports postdoctoral training to prepare for independent research and teaching careers in academia, and strengthens and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups. Postdoctoral scholars are supported for a 3-year mentored research, teaching and career development experience in a research-intensive institution and regional, primarily teaching institutions with significant underrepresented student populations.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 20 institutions with 189 scholars.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network(NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Michael Sesma; Consortium Contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations.

Programs for Individuals:

NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2))

PAR-19-286; Dr. Kenneth Gibbs

The NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program’s overarching goal is to provide high quality postdoctoral research training in the basic biomedical sciences to a diverse group of postdoctoral fellows in NIH Intramural research laboratories, and to prepare them for leadership positions in biomedical careers. Research projects proposed should focus on areas within the NIGMS mission. In addition to the laboratory experience, the PRAT program provides a structured training environment with extensive career and professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities planned and supported by the program.

FY2019: NIGMS supported 22 awards in labs in 11 NIH Institutes.

Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F32)

PA-21-048; 10 Program Officers

Postdoctoral fellowships support advanced and specialized training in basic and/or clinical research through an intensive, mentored research project experience that encourages the development of independence, innovation and creativity in a highly productive research setting.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 381 F32 awards in 80 institutions.

Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)

PA-19-343; Kenneth Gibbs

The goal of the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) is to enhance workforce diversity by facilitating a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions at research-intensive institutions. MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be part of organized scientific cohorts and will be expected to participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5) grantees.

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

PA-20-188; Oleg Barski; Paula Flicker; Shawn Gailard; Michael Sesma

The goal of this program is to shorten and facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator capable of leading a research team. The strategy is to support highly promising postdoctoral researchers in 2-year mentored research positions followed by 3 years of independent research support when the grantee obtains an independent position.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 33 K99 awards in 21 institutions; and 34 R00 awards in 30 institutions.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-20-222; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

PA-18-592; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive, mentored research experiences that facilitate re-entry and the establishment of a full-time, independent research career for individuals at the postdoctoral or early faculty level who have high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 3 awards.