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The NIH Child Neurologist Career Development K-12 Award program was approved by the NIH-NINDS in May 2016 and will provide salary and additional research support for 3 years for child neurologists who wish to pursue a research career and are not more than 5 years from completion of their neurology clinical training at the date of application. Child Neurologists wishing to apply for the award beginning July 1st, 2021, must submit a Letter of Intent due by June 15th, 2020, directly to A two page letter of intent from the applicant should include a one page statement of intent to apply (including the title of the proposal, date of completion of clinical training, name of the institution and mentor for the CNCDP project, and brief career development plan), and a one page preliminary Specific Aims for the proposed project. If the candidate has previously submitted an application to the CNCDP for a similar project, please identify the ways in which the application has been changed since the prior submission.  NIH format Biosketches from the candidate and mentor are also required. All candidates must be United States citizens or lawful permanent citizens with a Green Card. All documents (two-page letter of intent, biosketches, and copy of Passport/Green Card) should be merged into a single PDF and submitted as one document. Following a review of the LOIs by the National Advisory Executive Committee, successful candidates will be invited to submit a complete Final Application. The CNCDP-K12 is a national NIH funded research training program for child neurologists that will take over the training mission of the Neuroscience Academic Development Award (NSADA), which is being phased out. The CNCDP-K12 program will be administratively based at the Hugo Moser Research Institute at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and will train a national cohort of 30 trainees including 20 new trainees and 10 who are being trained in slots remaining from the older NSADA program. Drs. Bradley Schlaggar and Michael Johnston at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins are the Program Director and Associate Program Director of the program and Drs. Amy Brooks-Kayal (University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Colorado), Barry Kosofsky (Weill-Cornell Medical College), Heather Fullerton (University of California, San Francisco), Brenda Porter (Stanford University), Jonathan Mink (University of Rochester) will serve as Co-Directors. Dr. Erika Augustine (University of Rochester Medical Center) is the Diversity Officer. A distinguished Scientific Advisory and Review Committee (SARC) of child and adult neurology clinician-scientists, has been chosen to review applications, provide mentorship and select applications for funding. A major advantage of the program is that a pediatric neurologist from any neurology/child neurology program in the country can apply as long as there is an adequate scientific infrastructure and a team of talented mentors to support them.

Minority Research Scholars Program 

This year’s application deadline has been extended to July 6, 2020

This program will award travel scholarships to underrepresented minority early career individuals pursuing clinically-relevant basic or patient-oriented research. Awardees will have the opportunity to attend the CNCDP-K12 annual scientific retreat, the Neurobiology of Disease in Children Symposium, and the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting. Selected recipients receive travel support and waived registration for all program events. All 2020 program events will all take place in conjunction with the 49th annual CNS meeting in San Diego, California on October 19th-23rd, 2020.  For further details or questions, please visit the Diversity page or contact Chennel Anderson ( or Erika Augustine, Diversity Officer – CNCDP-K12 (