Research Opportunities

resources for pursuing endocrine-related research opportunities

Endocrine researchers are at the core of solving many of the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, thyroid conditions, and hormone-related cancers. Your work has led to incredible accomplishments and remarkable progress in the biological and biomedical sciences that have benefited the lives of millions of Americans.

Highlights for Endocrine-related Research from the NIH Grants Guide

National Research Service Award Eligibility Expansion: The NIH Office of the Director issued a change to the eligible individuals criteria list on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity). Eligibility has changed to accepting applicants from both domestic and foreign institutions. Review the full notice.

Notice of Information on Sex and Gender Influences on the Adolescent Brain and Mental Health of Girls: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) issued a Notice of Information outlining priorities for potential applications in the field of women’s mental health research. Both basic and translational research projects are encouraged that examine biological, social, cultural, and behavioral contributions of sex and gender influences on mental illnesses (e.g., anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, etc.) autism spectrum disorder and suicide in adolescent girls and young women (Ages 12-24). Learn more.

Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Populations Research Opportunities: The NIH reissued a notice of special interest (NOSI) on the health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) populations. This notice encourages research that describes the biological, clinical, behavioral, and social processes that affect the health and development of SGM populations and individuals and their families, and that leads to the development of acceptable and appropriate health interventions and health service delivery methods that will enhance health and development of these populations. Learn more.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity announcement inviting R01 and R21 applications for research projects that identify and define the mechanisms that link diet with lipid metabolism-mediated tumor growth and progression. The estimated date of FOA is Wednesday, August 10 with the estimated application due date on Monday, October 10. For more information, please see the full notice for the R01 and R21.

The Role of Diet and Other Factors in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: The NIH is planning a research project on the role of diet, food, environment, and related exposures on the developmental origins of health and diseases (DOHaD). This request for information (RFI) is to seek input from the broad scientific community on what research activities are possible and should be prioritized related to early life nutrition and DOHaD that are most likely to propel this field forward for the greater benefit of biomedical research. Submit your responses by Monday, August 15. 

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Funding Opportunity for Cancer Research: NCI issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support studies for a Phase II or later phase trial. The NCI intends to support clinical trials aimed at improving cancer prevention/interception, cancer-related health behaviors, screening, early detection, healthcare delivery, management of treatment-related symptoms, supportive care, and the long-term outcomes of cancer survivors. Learn more.

NIH Extends Some COVID-19 Flexibilities: The National Institutes of Health issued a notice extending the special exception for post-submission material to applications submitted for the January 2023 Council rounds. NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH will accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted under all activity codes, only if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. One page of preliminary data will be accepted for single component applications or for each component of a multi-component application. The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 30 days before the study section meeting, unless specified otherwise in the FOA.

NIDDK Intends to Issue FOA on COVID and Diabetes: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a Notice of Intent to publish a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting applications to establish a longitudinal cohort of individuals who developed diabetes following SARS-CoV-2 infection. The cohort would help researchers understand how individuals develop diabetes post-infection and study their clinical course. The estimated publication date for the FOA is July 1, 2022, with applications due December 20, 2022.

NICHD Intends to Reissue RSDP FOA: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Intent that they plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as a reissue of RFA-HD-18-103 to solicit applications to provide career development support for obstetricians and gynecologists who have completed their clinical training and who are committed to a career conducting basic science research in an academic setting. The notice will be published in collaboration with other NIH Institutes and Centers around September 1, 2022. Applications will be due on November 1, 2022.

Input on NIAMS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2025-2029: The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) issued a request for information (RFI) inviting feedback on: 1) cross-cutting thematic research opportunities that the Institute should commit to addressing in fiscal years 2025-2029, and 2) Bold aspirations that NIAMS-supported research could accomplish over the next half-decade. Submit your responses by Wednesday, November 30.  

NIDDK Announces Medical Student Research Training NOSI:The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) encouraging applications for administrative supplements to active institutional training grants to support medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab. Expiration date is April 19, 2024. Learn more.

NIA Announces K22 Awards: The National Institute of Aging (NIA) announced the NIA Career Transition Award (CTA) to facilitate the transition of mentored researchers to tenure-track faculty positions conducting research that advances the mission of NIA. This award will provide three years of protected time through salary and research support to conduct biomedical research at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered, and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). Expiration dates is October 13, 2024. Learn more.

NIH Issues MOSAIC FOAs: The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. Expiration date is September 08, 2024. Please see the relevant guide notices (clinical trial not allowed, independent clinical trial required, and independent basic experimental studies with humans required) for more information.

NIH NOSI Supports Returning Biomedical Researchers: NIH has announced a new supplements program for researchers returning to biomedical careers after a qualifying absence. Under this Notice of Special Interest, applicants can apply to participate in full- or part-time mentored research experiences through existing NIH research grants. Eligible for these reentry supplements are individuals whose research careers have been interrupted for at least 6 months because of family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. Learn more, including detailed eligibility requirements. The first available due date for submissions is August 26, 2021, and the supplements program is set to expire on October 7, 2023.

NOSI for Placental Research: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) encouraging research on several “High Priority Areas in Placental Research for Healthy Pregnancies”. Topics of special emphasis in these areas include, but are not limited, to 1) Elucidating the gene-regulatory pathways and molecular mechanisms involved in trophoblast differentiation and function; 2) Understanding the role of the immune system in normal placentation and pregnancy rejection; and 3) Developing safe and effective therapeutics for the treatment of placental dysfunction/disorders. Research addressing themes of diversity and inclusion are also highly encouraged. The notice expires October 06, 2024.

NINDS Issues Diversity NOSI: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage R01 applications from diverse backgrounds. Relevant applicants include individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis; individuals with disabilities as defined in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to criteria in the notice. The NOSI also acknowledges the additional challenges faced by women from any of the aforementioned backgrounds. The Notice expires May 8, 2023.

NOSI on Physical Activity Interventions: The Office of Disease Prevention and participating NIH Institutes and Centers issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight their interest in encouraging highly innovative and promising translational research to improve our understanding of how to increase and maintain health-enhancing physical activity using multi-level interventions in a wide range of population groups across the lifespan. The notice applies to a number of grant mechanisms, and expires on February 16, 2024. For more information, please see the full notice.

Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the availability of administrative supplements to support childcare costs on NRSA-supported Fellowship awards. Fellows may request $2,500 per budget period for costs for childcare provided by a licensed childcare provider. Expiration date is April 08, 2024. For more information, please see the Notice of Special Interest and policy announcement.

NOSI for Biophysical and Biomechanical Aspects of Embryonic Development: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage innovative and high risk/impact research in the area of physics/mechanics of embryonic development explored in model organisms. The Notice expires on November 17, 2022. Learn more at the NIH Grants Guide.

NOSI for Secondary Analysis of Human Connectome Data: Several NIH institutes issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to encourage secondary analyses of data from the Human Connectome Project (HCP) including the multiple datasets in the Lifespan Human Connectome projects and the Human Connectomes Related to Human Disease. Applicants beyond the groups that originally collected the data are encouraged to apply. For more information, see the announcement in the grants guide or the website for the Connectome Coordination Facility. The expiration date is May 08, 2024.

NOSI For Adopting Techniques and Tools Developed from the BRAIN Initiative: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) issued a NOSI expressing interest in leveraging these technologies developed as part of the BRAIN initiative to understand nervous system function in the service of cognition, social, or affective processing. Applicants are encouraged to propose research to understand functioning of brain circuits in healthy subjects as well as translational work. NIMH is particularly interested in BRAIN tools that allow large, population-scale in vivo recording, imaging, or circuit manipulation during cognitive, social, or affective behavior. Learn more at the NIH Grants Guide, or the BRAIN Initiative website. The expiration date is May 08, 2023.

NIH Launches New Early Investigator Grant: National Institutes of Health recently announced the Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant award. This new award will support early stage investigators (ESIs) for innovative projects in an area of science that represents a change in research direction for the investigator. Importantly, applications will not be allowed to submit preliminary data. The final application due date for non-AID applications is September 26, 2023, and for AIDS and AIDS-related applications is December 28, 2023. For other information, see the NIH Notice.

Data Repositories

The following resources may be useful for researchers seeking data repositories, databases, or other opportunities for data deposition and/or sharing.

NIH Newsletters

  • NIEHS Environmental Factor: The March issue of Environmental Factor features a summary of a symposium on pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and highlights from discussions from recent meetings of the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors and NIEHS Advisory Council.
  • NICHDevelopments: The February issue features research showing sex differences in concussions, new data sharing resources to connect investigators to research resources for projects aimed improving the health outcomes of newborns with genetic or congenital disorders, and selected NICHD requests for applications and program announcements

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