August 16, 2023

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: HEAL National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Award

The Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is requesting applications for the HEAL[i] National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Award (HEAL K12). The HEAL K12 is a mentored career development program designed to provide protected time for clinicians and scientists to focus on training and conducting clinical pain research. Awards provide a minimum of 75% salary support (up to $100,000/year) plus fringe benefits, and $50,000/year in research support costs, for up to 3 years.

This award is intended for scholars who may not be ready for a traditional K-award or independent research (R) award, come from institutional environments that cannot adequately support the scholar’s career and/or research objectives, and/or who are unable to form a mentoring team that would make them competitive for a training or independent research award in clinical pain.

Successful applicants will have at least one home-institution mentor who will serve as their primary mentor. The HEAL K-12 program will then work with the scholar to match them with a senior pain research mentor of national stature as well as a mentor with lived pain experience. Training is split between the scholar’s home-institution and didactic resources available remotely or in-person at the University of Michigan.

An informational webinar will be held September 15, 2023, 2-3 PM EDT, via zoom: for registration.


Posted Date:                           August 15, 2023

Informational Webinar:           September 15, 2023

Letter of Intent Due Date:       October 20, 2023

Invitation to Apply:                  November 1, 2023

Full Application Due Date:      February 5, 2024

Award Announcements:         May 1, 2024pa

Program Start Date:                June 1, 2024

Additional questions about this training opportunity can be sent to: [email protected]


[i]The Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, is an aggressive, trans-NIH effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Launched in April 2018, the initiative is focused on improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction and enhancing pain management. For more information, visit: