Research Training and Career Development

Next Generation Researchers Initiative  

On June 8, 2017, NIH announced the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to enhance funding to early-stage and mid-career investigators and help stabilize and strengthen the biomedical research enterprise. This initiative shifts NIH's approach away from the Grant Support Index to more directly support early-stage and mid-career investigators. We will be developing FAQs and issuing updated policies in the near future. In the meantime, learn more through:

NIH Director's Statement: Launching the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Enterprise

Next Generation Researchers Initiative Web Page

Presentation to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director 

Fundamental to advancing NIAAA’s mission is the cultivation of a talented and diverse research workforce equipped to conduct innovative basic, clinical, and population research and the translation of the knowledge gained from these studies into practice. NIAAA promotes cutting-edge alcohol research training through a combination of individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, institutional training grants, and career development awards in subjects spanning the breadth of NIAAA’s research portfolio. Recently, NIAAA broadened its training focus to include polysubstance research, and along with NIDA and NCI supports programs that expose students to cross-cutting areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use research. The Institute is also working with the medical education community to improve clinical training in addiction medicine, thereby improving healthcare services for individuals struggling with AUD and other substance use disorders.

NIAAA’s Training Programs are coordinated by a Centers & Training Working Group (C&T) with representation across all Divisions.  The C&T is an advisory body to the Director on the global mission for the Institute's training programs.  In addition to monitoring policies that may impact our training programs, the C&T creates subcommittees to provide data anlaysis on positive outcomes of our programs; responds to data requests; and conducts in-house reviews for our diversity supplement program
If you have any general questions about NIAAA’s training programs or awards please feel free to get in touch with the NIAAA staff point of contact for our Training and Career Awards.  We are excited about working together toward our goals and activities planned for the future and encourage you to explore our website.  Should you have any questions pertaining to these training webpages, please contact Lynn Morin at



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