National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Research Training Opportunities

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Research Training Opportunities

Individual National Research Service Awards for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training
F30 – NHLBI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows
This program supports individual predoctoral fellowships for combined MD and PhD training in research areas relevant to the mission of the NHLBI. Applications will be accepted from (1) students currently enrolled in a combined MD and PhD program and (2) current ical or graduate students seeking admission to a combined program that provides research training in areas relevant to the NHLBI’s mission. Awards to these applicants are contingent on subsequently being enrolled in a combined MD and PhD program.
F31 – Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
This program supports individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in bioical science, including members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in programs leading to PhD, MD and PhD, or other combined degrees in the bioical or behavioral sciences.
F32 – Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award
The F32 program offers health scientists the opportunity to receive full-time research training for up to 3 years in areas that reflect the national need for bioical, clinical, and behavioral research in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases. These grants are not intended for study leading to MD, DO, DDS, or equivalent professional degrees, nor do they support residency training.
Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
T32 – Institutional National Research Service Award
This program enables research institutions to support predoctoral and postdoctoral research and short-term training in the areas of heart, lung, and blood diseases. Trainees are selected through local review procedures established by the program director at the grantee institution. The maximum training period for predoctoral individuals is 5 years. The maximum training period for postdoctoral individuals is 3 years. Research training is pursued full-time, and trainees
in clinical areas are expected to confine their clinical duties to those that are part of their research training. Trainees must be US citizens, noncitizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.
T35 – Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant
This program provides funds to research institutions to make awards to individuals in health professional schools for research opportunities that would not be available through their regular courses of study. Awards are made to training institutions by national competition. Trainees are selected by the grantee institution and must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.
Individual Career Development Awards
K01 – Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Bioical Research
This award supports junior faculty members from underrepresented backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, at US institutions to enhance their research skills in areas of interest to the NHLBI and to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds.
K08 – Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
The K08 award enables candidates holding professional degrees (e.g., MD, DO, DVM, or equivalent degrees) to undertake 3 to 5 years of special study and supervised research with the goal of becoming independent investigators. The award also allows awardees to pursue research career development programs suited to their experience and capabilities under mentors who are competent to provide guidance in the chosen research areas.
K23 – Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
The K23 award supports the career development of investigators who are committed to patient-oriented research. It provides support for supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research.
K24 – Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research
The K24 award provides support for clinicians to further their research and mentoring of outstanding patient-oriented investigators. It will enable them to expand their potential for significant contributions to their fields and to act as mentors for beginning clinical researchers. This award provides protected time to enable clinicians to carry out these activities.
K25 – Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award
The goal of the K25 program is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in bioical and behavioral research by supporting supervised research experiences for scientists with quantitative and engineering backgrounds. This award provides research and career development opportunities for scientists and engineers with little or no bioical or behavioral research experience who are committed to establishing themselves in careers as independent bioical or behavioral investigators.
K99/R00 – NIH Pathway to Independence Award
The Pathway to Independence Award is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm. The award will provide up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide up to 2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.
R25 – Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research
The NHLBI’s Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research is designed to promote diversity in undergraduate and health professional graduate student populations by providing short-term research education support to stimulate career development in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders research.
Additional Resources
NIH Loan Repayment Programs to stimulate research training
NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences Office of Research Training and Career Development

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.