NIMH Supports Young Investigators

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers a wide variety of training opportunities for young behavioral science researchers through its Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Science. One of the three major components of NIMH, the division provides institutional grants and individual fellowships in psychology and other disciplines that are typically supported through its Behavioral, Cognitive, and Social Sciences Research Branch.

The training programs are headed by associate division director Henry Khachaturian, a neuroanatomy researcher, who is encouraging more applications from young behavioral science investigators.

“Students and fellows should be active participants, along with their mentors, in the process of seeking an appropriate mechanism of support at each stage of their career,” says Khachaturian. ”The single most important message to young scientists is that they should contact the NIMH program staff, because we are here to help them.”

Khachaturian oversees the division’s National Research Service Award and career development programs. In addition to coordinating with his counterparts in other NIMH divisions, he is involved in setting NIH-wide training policy through his participation in the NIH Training Advisory Committee.

The kinds of training grants supported by the division include the following: institutional training grants (T32); short-term institutional training (T35); pre-doctoral MD/PhD fellowships (F30); Pre-doctoral PhD fellowships (F31); and postdoctoral fellowships.

Career development grants include: mentored research scientist development award (K01); mentored clinical scientist development award (KOB); independent scientist award (K02); and senior scientist award (K05).

Information on applying for these grants and on the areas of research they cover is available through the NIMH home page ( or, alternatively, through NIMH FAX4U (send a fax to 301-443-5153-they’ll fax you back).

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