Plan Your Research Career at NIH


Thinking about a career in research or wondering how to move forward in your journey to becoming an independent researcher? Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, a postdoc, early stage or an established investigator, there is an NIH funding program out there for you!

Explore the NIH Funding Programs by Career Stage page to get to know the different programs by career stage, learn useful tips, and better understand the lingo of NIH funding.

Programs by Career Stage infographic

Once you identify a program of interest, you can find active funding opportunities with the “View Current Funding Opportunities” button on each program page. When you’re ready to apply, keep our How to Apply – Application Guide handy!

If you have questions along the way, check out our Need Help? page to find the right contact.

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