Individual Training Grants

Scientists experienced in veterinary medicine contribute important expertise to animal, molecular, and genomic studies leading to translational research that benefits human health. ORIP's Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) offers career development support for individuals with DVM or Ph.D. degrees as well as predoctoral veterinary students.

ORIP career development programs are described below. Prospective applicants are advised to review these descriptions and, if interested, to obtain further information from the following sources:

  • The relevant Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) originally published in the NIH Guide
  • The relevant Program Guidelines

Applications should be relevant to a specific, funded program. It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the Scientific Program Contact identified within the FOA (listed under Program Contacts) before preparing or submitting an application.

NIH also offers Career Development K Awards. For more information, visit the NIH K Kiosk.

Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (Fs)

Individual Predoctoral Fellowships ORIP offers fellowships open to veterinary students and veterinarians seeking a PhD. The F30 grants are designed to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral dual-degree students. F31 grants enable promising veterinarians to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to ORIP’s mission or the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. A special type of F31, the F31 Diversity grants, seek to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of veterinarians from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. For information about ORIP’s participation in current F30/ F31 announcements, visit https://go.usa.gov/xycss.

Predoctoral Veterinary Students

Veterinary students wishing to gain research experience should check to see if their institution has an existing Summer T35 Training Program.

Individuals with DVM Degrees

Depending on the level of experience at the time of application, and the desired outcome, veterinarians may be interested in K01 or K99/R00 grants:

Special Emphasis Research Career Award (SERCA) in Pathology and Comparative Medicine (K01)

Supports graduate veterinarians with research experience to become independent biomedical investigators. Read the SERCA Guidelines.

Early Stage Investigators Using Nonhuman Primate Research Models: K01 (Limited to veterinarian scientists.)

The Early Stage Investigators Using Nonhuman Primate Research Models (ESI-NHP) K01 provides early-stage investigators (within ten years of completing a terminal professional degree or residency training) with support and “protected time” (up to five years) for intensive, research-focused career development program activities under the guidance of an experienced mentorship team with expertise in both the preclinical application of nonhuman primate (NHP) models and in translation of the results from such studies to clinical application. The focus of this program is to increase the number of highly skilled scientists using NHP models to address complex translational biomedical research designed to foster translation of outcomes into the clinic. The expectation is that through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding. ORIP will contribute up to $75,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient. ORIP will contribute $100,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient. For information about ORIP’s participation in this ESI-NHP K01 announcement, visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-258.html.

NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)

Provides opportunities for post-doctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. Potential K99/R00 applicants should consult with the relevant Scientific Program Contact before applying for this grant.

Alternatively, researchers may be interested in applying to an existing Post-DVM/VMD T32 Training Program.

Individuals with DVM or PhD Degrees

HIV/AIDS Scholars Using Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Models (K01)

The HIV/AIDS Scholars K01 provides early-stage investigators (within ten years of completing a terminal professional degree or residency training) with three years of mentored career development to prepare for independent research careers using nonhuman primates (NHPs) as preclinical models for HIV/AIDS. The high cost and time required to perform NHP studies make it challenging for junior investigators to transition to independent positions. HIV/AIDS Scholars receive salary and research support and guidance from an experienced mentorship team, with expertise in both the pre-clinical application of NHP HIV/AIDS models and in translation of the results from such studies to clinical application in humans. By enhancing critical aspects of career development such as grantsmanship, networking, and the ability to translate results from animals to the clinic, awardees prepare to launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant funding (e.g., R01). The program brings participants together annually for the Conference for Early Stage HIV/AIDS Researchers using Nonhuman Primate Models. For information about ORIP’s participation in this HIV/AIDS Scholars Using Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Models K01 announcement, visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-231.html.

Last updated: 03-02-2021