The new BRAIN K99/R00 FOAs are here: RFA-NS-19-043 and RFA-NS-19-044. Please note that the BRAIN K99/R00 receipt dates differ from the Parent K99/R00 standard receipt dates. Those interested in applying for this award may send scientific or career development questions to


A central goal of The BRAIN Initiative® is to ensure that the expertise required to use the tools developed from this landmark program are shared with the scientific  community (see BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision). The program strives to increase training in cutting edge research approaches and techniques as well as quantitative neuroscience  by offering early career training opportunities to ensure the next generation of researchers has the necessary skills to lead new scientific breakthroughs, as well as providing cross-disciplinary career development opportunities to expand technical acumen.  

Funding Opportunities

Associated Resource(s)

  • RFA-NS-21-012 - NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • RFA-MH-20-620 - BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • RFA-NS-19-043 - BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • RFA-NS-19-044 - BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Required)
  • NOT-NS-22-2012 - Notice to Encourage Eligible NIH BRAIN Initiative Awardees to Apply for PA-21-071 Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research



Jay Churchill, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-443-3621 

Ivana Grakalic, Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-443-7600

Other Training Information

The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a cooperative effort among the 12 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices that support neuroscience research. Blueprint was one of the inaugural sponsors of the BRAIN Initiative and has continued its investment in BRAIN. Blueprint aims to raise interest in and provide opportunities to learn about research training in neuroscience.

View Blueprint and other NIH training program information: