New Advancing Research Careers (ARC) Predoc to Postdoc Transition Program and Upcoming Webinar


UPDATE: The webinar slides [PDF] and video are now available.

We’re pleased to announce the new Advancing Research Careers (ARC) program as part of NIGMS’ strategic efforts to enhance support for trainees from diverse backgrounds—for example, individuals from underrepresented groups—through critical career transition points. The ARC program is designed to enhance participation of trainees as they transition from predoctoral research training to postdoctoral research and career development. The program has two components:

ARC Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award to Promote Diversity (F99/K00) PAR-23-222

Supports promising, late-stage graduate students from diverse backgrounds to transition into and succeed in mentored postdoctoral research positions by providing up to 5 years of support in two phases:

  • The initial phase (F99) provides up to 2 years of support to complete Ph.D. research training.
  • The second phase (K00) provides up to 3 years of support for mentored postdoctoral research and career development and is contingent on satisfactory progress in the F99 phase and securing an appropriate postdoctoral position.

First application deadline: June 13, 2024
Earliest start date: April 2025

ARC Institutionally Focused Research Education Cooperative Agreement to Promote Diversity (UE5) PAR-23-221

Supports organizations to provide mentoring, career development, and skill-building activities. These activities will help prepare cohorts of ARC predoctoral F99 fellows and K00 postdoctoral scholars to transition into and succeed in mentored postdoctoral research, ultimately advancing them into impactful biomedical research careers that typically require postdoctoral training (e.g., teaching and academic research positions at a range of institutions, industries, or government organizations).

First application deadline: January 29, 2024
Earliest start date: December 2024

ARC Applicant Webinar

Join us to learn more about the ARC F99/K00 and UE5 programs. During the webinar, we’ll provide a brief overview of the funding opportunities and answer your programmatic, budget, and scientific review questions.

Monday, October 23, 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Zoom meeting link
Join by phone
Meeting ID: 160 805 2575
Passcode: 454104

Participants requiring sign language interpretation and/or other reasonable accommodations should submit a request using our contact form at least 5 days prior to the meeting.

NIGMS Staff Participating in the October 23 Webinar:

  • Laurie Stepanek, Program Officer
  • Kenneth Gibbs, Branch Chief
  • Justin Rosenzweig, Grants Management Team Lead
  • Latarsha Carithers, Scientific Review Section Chief

If you have any questions about the ARC funding announcements or the upcoming webinar, please contact Laurie Stepanek or Kenneth Gibbs.

The webinar and presentation slides will be posted on the ARC program webpage following the event.

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