Welcome to the


Neurosurgeon Research
Career Development Program


What is the NRCDP?

The Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health is a faculty training program that supports the research and develops the scientific careers of junior neurosurgeon-investigators across the country. The NRCDP is committed to supporting individuals, including both women and those from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, who will increase the diversity of the neurosurgeon-research workforce. It is overseen by a National Advisory Committee that includes 12 Department Chairs or Vice-Chairs known for their research accomplishments, and several additional renowned neurosurgeon researchers. Under the program, recipients receive two years of salary and research support to help propel their research career towards independence.  It is expected that by the end of the 2nd year of support, NRCDP awardees will have applied for a major, individual award (e.g. NIH K or R01-equivalent). Consequently, research projects submitted for funding to the NRCDP should be designed to produce the results needed for these subsequent applications.

Candidates can apply to the NRCDP before or during their first year of faculty appointment, must have a tenure-track faculty position, and must have a commitment from their department chair to provide five years of at least 50% protected time for research if they receive support from the NRCDP.  Award recipients are expected to attend the annual NRCDP retreat for 5 consecutive years (the two K12 funded years and the subsequent 3 years) to provide updates to their research progress, receive continued mentoring from senior neurosurgeon-investigators and NIH personnel, and provide advice, insights and mentorship to future NRCDP award recipients.

Academy Emerging Investigators Program

For more detailed information about the program please click the link to read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

  • The award will support scholars for two years
  • Salary support will be $95,000 per year
  • Support for supplies will consist of $50,000 per year

Academy Emerging Investigator Mentoring Program

The Academy Emerging Investigator Mentoring Program is a two-year program consisting of individualized mentoring that aims to build upon the efforts of the K12 program and support faculty beyond their first year out of training. Accepted applicants will receive individualized mentoring at the Academy Annual Meeting, AANS Annual Meeting, and NRCDP Retreat.

Learn More about the Academy Emerging Investigator Mentoring Program

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