Early Career

Training, fellowship, and career development opportunities.

Training at the NHLBI

- Training and Career Development

Training and career development opportunities at the NHLBI in Bethesda, Maryland cover a broad spectrum of disciplines for individuals at career stages ranging from high school students, graduate students, scientists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.

Career Pathway to Independence in Blood Science Award for Physician Scientists


The objective of the NHLBI Career Pathway to Independence in Blood Science Award (K99/R00) is to help outstanding physician-scientists pursuing careers in non-malignant hematology, complete needed, mentored training, and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track, or equivalent faculty positions. This K99/R00 award is intended to foster the development of creative, independent research in basic, translational, and/or clinical research in blood science that will be competitive for subsequent independent funding and that will help advance the mission of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Career Transition Award


Facilitates the transition of investigators to independent, productive research careers. One or two phase award; an initial period of mentored research, followed by a period of independent research at an extramural institution.

Funding for Training

- Training and Career Development

The NHLBI supports fellowships, research career development awards, and training/education research for those pursuing biomedical or behavioral research careers in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic health and disease, sleep disorders, or transfusion medicine, at universities and institutions across the country. Click on the program names below for detailed descriptions and information on how to apply.


Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award


Prepares clinically trained individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research, including translational research.

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award


Supports the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree, who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators, and who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.

Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award


The purpose of this award is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 supports productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., statistics, economics, computer science, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (NIH Parent K01)


The NHLBI only uses the K01 for highly innovative research in humans only in the following areas:

  • Epidemiological research that elucidates the mechanisms, etiology, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.
  • Biostatistics research leading to the development of innovative methods for designing studies and analyzing data in clinical and population-based research. This may include clinical trials and epidemiologic, genomic, proteomic, or metabolomic studies in heart, lung, blood diseases and sleep disorders.
  • Outcomes research involving the comparison of screening, diagnostic, preventive or treatment strategies for heart, lung, blood diseases and sleep disorders.
  • Implementation (T4 translation) research that addresses strategies for sustained adoption of proven, effective interventions in communities, health systems, clinicians, patients and families for heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.
  • State of the art research studies reflected above that use large data sources and electronic health records are encouraged.

NHLBI Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research


Enhances the pool of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI. Targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations.

Pathway to Independence Award


Increases and maintains a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. View the fact sheet for more information.

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

  • Admin Supp – Clinical Trial Not Allowed (PA-18-592)

Provides administrative supplements to currently active NIH research grants to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after a qualifying interruption for family or other responsibilities.


Trans NIH Program in Emergency Care Research


Seeks to widen the scientific domain of emergency care research to include mental health research and nursing science and enable NIH competitive R01 investigators to conduct emergency care research at four supported institutions across the U.S.