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

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. The first due date for the K99/R00 MOSAIC application is October 27, 2021. 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. Click here for more information, 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.

New NIDDK T1D FOA: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support pilot and feasibility trials of interventions designed to improve technology adoption in individuals from underrepresented backgrounds with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). Letters of intent are due February 3, 2022. Learn more.

New FOA - Aging Research in Animals (ARIA): The National Institute of Aging (NIA) issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) “Promoting Rigorous Research on Behavioral and Social Processes” using the R61/R33 grant mechanisms. A Letter of Intent is due September 20, 2021, with grant applications due October 20, 2021. Learn more.

RFA on the Risks and Benefits of Long-Term Osteoporosis Therapy and Drug Holiday: The National Institute of Aging (NIA) partnered with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) on a Request for Applications on “Leveraging Existing Large Databases and Cohorts to Better Understand the Risks and Benefits of Long-Term Osteoporosis Therapy and Drug Holiday.” The RFA encourages interdisciplinary studies utilizing innovative analytical approaches such as modeling studies or causal inference methods using data sources from large cohort studies, healthcare systems, and other public, private, or commercial datasets. Applications are due on October 28, 2021. 

NOSI on Atypical Femoral Fracture (AFF) and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ): The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) also joined NIA and NIAMS to publish a Notice of Special Interest for research studies “on Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of Atypical Femoral Fracture (AFF) and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ).” The Notice is active through July 18, 2023. 

Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute Funding Opportunity: The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute published a funding opportunity announcement on osteoporosis, “Comparative Effectiveness of Multimodal Interventions to Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures” with applications due on September 14, 2021. 

Upcoming FOA on Cancer Risk Following Bariatric Surgery:  The National Cancer Institute issued a Notice to inform the research community about a pending Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with special receipt, referral, and review (PAR) to solicit applications for research projects addressing mechanisms that impact cancer risk after bariatric surgery. The goal of the proposed funding announcements is to promote studies examining the mechanism(s) through which bariatric surgery impacts cancer risk, and to draw in talented scientists who study bariatric surgery to investigate its effects on cancer, rather than shorter term outcomes such as weight loss and diabetes. Be on the lookout for the official FOA on August 2, 2021, with applications due November 01, 2021. 

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.

Reminder of Changes to NIH Biosketch and Other Support Format: NIH issued a notice reminding grantees that NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support format for applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) described in NOT-OD-21-073 as of May 25, 2021.  The updated format pages will be required by NIH on and after January 25, 2022.

Clin-STAR FOA Announced:  The Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center is seeking to fund pilot grants of up to $50,000 each. The funding provides opportunities to build mentee-mentor relationships at different institutions and content expertise in different disciplines for the junior investigator. Awards will be made to junior clinician-scientists who work collaboratively with a senior investigator from a different discipline and institution to stimulate new areas of age-related clinical human subjects research. For more eligibility requirements and to learn more, visit hereLetters of Intent (required) due May 28th at 5:00 PM ET. Looking for inspiration? Check out the 2020 Clin-STAR Pilot Awardees

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

NICHD to Issues SBIR FOA for Reproductive Health and Infertility:  The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to encourage the small business community to collaborate with scientists and clinicians in the fields of female and male reproductive medicine, infertility, andrology/urology, and gynecology to develop, adapt and validate discoveries in genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics and biomarkers to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of women and men with infertility, and diseases and disorders that affect fertility.  Grants will be issued under the R43/44 activity code for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards.  Applications are due July 29, 2021, with letters of intent due 30 days prior.  Learn more at the NIH Grants Guide

Women’s Health Research Administrative Supplements: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Notice of Special Interest for the availability of administrative supplements  to IDeA awards to expand research and research capacity in the IDeA states to address important issues of women’s health across the lifespan. The proposed research must address at least one of the strategic goals of the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research "Advancing Science for the Health of Women." Research on maternal and infant morbidity and mortality is of particular interest.

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.  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.   

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.

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.   For application deadlines and other information, see the NIH Notice.  

MARC Program Reissue With Modifications: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) issued a notice with their intent to reissue PAR-19-219 "Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)" with minor modifications. Modifications to the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) include an emphasis on promoting safety in the research training environment and teaching to the highest practices in biomedical research. The FOA release is anticipated February 17, 2021, with the first round of applications due May 21, 2021. 

NCI to Issue Cancer Global Health FOA:  National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a notice advising the research community of an upcoming FOA to support the development of cancer-relevant technologies suitable for use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, the FOA solicits applications for projects to adapt, apply, and validate existing or emerging technologies into a new generation of user-friendly, low-cost technologies for preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and/or treating cancers in people living in LMICs. The FOA release is anticipated on February 27, 2021, with the first application due June 02, 2021.

NICHD Data Safety and Monitoring Guidelines: NICHD issued a notice advising the community of new guidelines for data safety and monitoring applicable to clinical research and clinical trials.  NICHD expects investigators to apply these guidelines for competing applications or newly started protocols for January FY21.  Learn more here

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.
  • CSR Peer Review Notes: The September issue of Peer Review Notes highlights updates to NIH efforts to enhance the reproducibility of supported research. The issue also includes information on new videos to help NIH grant applicants navigate peer review.
  • 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
  • NIDDK Annual Report: In January 2019, NIDDK released their annual Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities report. The publication demonstrates the value and promise of research by sharing examples of NIDDK-funded research including “Stories of Discovery”, “Scientific Presentations” and “Patient Profiles”

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