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The HEAL Initiative Releases New NOFO Opportunity

7 June 2023

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Dear Pain Research Community,

The HEAL Initiative has released a new NOFO opportunity (RFA-NS-24-015) to increase the clinical pain postdoctoral fellowship workforce. The HEAL Initiative will fund up to 4 T90/R90 centers. If your institution is interested in applying to this NOFO, please join us for a webinar on Monday, June 26, 2023, at 12-1 p.m. ET. (See webinar details below.)

Additional important dates:

Letters of intent due on Friday, August 11, 2023.

Applications due on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

A Brief Description of the NOFO:

To bolster the dwindling clinical pain research workforce, the NIH HEAL Initiative® Partnership to Advance INterdisciplinary (PAIN) Training in Clinical Pain Research (the HEAL PAIN Cohort Program) will support interdisciplinary postdoctoral training to promote the next generation of independent clinical pain researchers. The HEAL PAIN Cohort Program will fund up to four T90/R90 institutional postdoctoral training programs in clinical pain research as well as foster a cohort experience among programs at different institutions through the HEAL R24 Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists. The T90/R90 mechanism is a Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training program designed to support interdisciplinary research.

The T90/R90 Trainees/Participants must be in a clinical program or demonstrate an interest in clinical pain research. Each T90/R90 program must propose a partnership between two or more departments/colleges within a single institution. T90/R90 training centers should identify at least two research focus areas that align with HEAL’s content areas. Program mentors will be expected to provide training in clinical pain research and in one or more fields that have not traditionally been represented in pain research (e.g., engineering; social sciences; epidemiology; anthropology; biostatistics; computer sciences; demography; bioengineering; addiction medicine; public health; or mental health/behavioral health), with the aim of broadening the foci of clinical pain research training. Appropriate Trainees/Participants include postdoctoral pain research fellows who either have a clinical degree or are interested in conducting clinical pain research.

If you have any questions about this NOFO, please contact Dr. Laura Wandner (Laura.Wandner@nih.gov).


In order to learn more about this RFA and to have the opportunity to ask questions, a pre-application webinar will be held on June 26th from 12:00-1:00pm EST (9:00-10:00am PST). Information on how to join the webinar is provided below.

RFA-NS-24-015: HEAL Initiative Partnerships to Advance INterdisciplinary (PAIN) Training in Clinical Pain Research: The HEAL PAIN Cohort Program (T90/R90 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)?

To join the web presentation:


Meeting ID: 161 658 6014

Passcode: 699032

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Best Regards,

Laura Wandner, PhD

Program Director

Office of Pain Policy & Planning



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