The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a funding opportunity announcement (RFA-HD-12-209) for the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (K12).  The program will be responsible for identifying pediatricians who have completed their clinical training and have promising research potential, and for matching them with established mentors with a strong record of research productivity. The program also will develop guidelines for mentoring and career development in order to promote the successful transition of the candidates into independent research careers in academic settings.

The overall goal of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of pediatricians trained in research procedures is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the nation’s basic biomedical and clinical research needs.  Training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in the population sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NICHD mission.

The program will provide support for up to 18 Fellows, who will train in laboratories located at premier research institutions across the country.  The application due date is Nov. 22, 2011.