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Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) (K12)

Modified: April 10, 2017

RFA: NS-17-010


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to invite applications to continue support of a national program of mentored research career development for junior neurosurgeon faculty at institutions nationwide that support neurosurgical research. The goal of the program is to expand the cadre of neurosurgeon investigators trained to conduct research into neurological disorders, making use of their neurosurgical training. 

The NRCDP Program

The NRCDP K12 award provides five years of funding to the applicant organization to support a national research career development program. Although this K12 award is housed at the PD/PI's institution, it is not intended to support scholars solely at that institution. The PD/PI will recruit applications from eligible candidates at institutions from across the country, and selected scholars will proceed with their career development and research plan at their home institution, with a local mentor. The institution that houses this K12 is just one of these institutions at which research career development activities can occur. The leadership of the NRCDP consists of the PD/PI and a committee of advisors (the National Advisory Committee, or NAC) selected by the PD/PI to help guide the program. The PD/PI may also choose to appoint program co-directors to help accomplish the goals of the program.

DEADLINES: May 30, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Assistance with Proposal Preparation and Special Considerations

The Training Grant Support Office (TGSO) is available to provide limited support, including guidance on NIH instructions, access to proposal aids, connecting with current K12/KL2 leaders at Northwestern, and supplying faculty data to assist with selecting mentors to include in the proposal. Please note the K12 doesn’t require NIH data tables. 

The May 30 deadline provides a short timeline for proposal preparation and submission. If interested in submitting an application for 2017, preparation should begin as soon as possible and the TGSO can provide the support outlined above.

Please contact Jennifer E. Hobbs, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development (jennifer-hobbs@northwestern.edu).

Training Grant Director