Re-Entry Research Supplement

The Re-Entry Research Supplement is designed to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances.

LOI and Biosketch due May 31.

Please view the full funding announcement for the Re-entry Supplement.



General Eligibility
  • Each application is specific to a single candidate and details a research and mentorship plan for that candidate.
  • The supplement is intended to support the development of a clinical and translational research career.
  • Candidates must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or Permanent Residents.
    Requested start dates should align with the parent grant (May 1). Proposal timelines typically are for 2 years, though 1-year projects will be considered.
  • Applicants cannot propose leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary clinical trial. They can propose gaining some research experience or exposure from working on a clinical trial led by a mentor as an addition to their independent project.
  • Proposals may have a greater chance of success if they include an aspect of clinical/translational science. While C/T research has the purpose of better understanding a specific disease or condition, C/T science has the purpose of better understanding the causes of inefficiency or failure in C/T research and provides information that helps future researchers conduct their own studies in a better or more efficient way. Adding something like comparing different recruitment techniques, or testing different ways of measuring a variable, are examples of how you could add a C/T science element to your C/T research project.
Re-entry Research Supplement Eligibility
  • Candidate must have a doctoral-level degree and have been in a post-doctoral or faculty position when they suspended their research career.
  • The award supports salary for the candidate up to $100K per year (with coverage for fringe on top of that) and an additional $10K can be requested for supplies, travel, publication costs. With prior approval from NCATS, applicants can also request additional funds for equipment purchase.
  • Candidates can propose a full-time or part-time plan for re-entry work but must commit a minimum of 50% time to re-entry work and will be supported for a maximum of the equivalent of 12 person-months
  • Candidate must have a prior research record – the supplement is not for a career change
  • Candidate cannot have already started in a new fellowship, traineeship, or other similar mechanism to support re-entry to research
  • Hiatus from research must be a minimum of one year and a maximum of eight years. Examples of qualifying interruptions are childrearing, illness in self or family member, relocation due to family member, non-research work necessary to achieve early debt relief from doctoral education loans, and military service. Complete hiatus preferred (v. reduced research time).

Please see the website for specific submission requirements for NCATS.


Application Guidelines

Applicants must first submit an LOI to Harvard Catalyst for review and selection, which is due May 31, 2024. Harvard Catalyst will then invite chosen candidates to submit a full proposal to NCATS. LOIs should include:

  • 1-2 page summary of proposed research strategy
  • Anticipated timeline for conducting and completing the work
  • 1-paragraph summary of mentoring plan
  • A brief statement indicating how you meet the diversity or re-entry eligibility criteria as described in the funding opportunity
  • Candidate’s NIH biosketch
  • Name and email address for your mentor. Your mentor will receive an email asking them to endorse your LOI submission. Your LOI application will not be complete until we receive the endorsement.

Submit LOI and Biosketch

For those chosen to submit a full proposal, final proposals will require review and sign-off by Harvard Catalyst. Final proposals are due to Harvard Catalyst by August 21, 2024.

Proposals will be submitted to NIH through Harvard Catalyst, not through the candidate’s institution.


Additional Application Information

Successful applicants will have a number of Harvard Catalyst resources available to them to support to their research, including:

  • The Connector program which provides consultation and instrumental support at several points in the research process including: development of plans for recruitment/retention, project implementation, data management and data/safety monitoring; guidance on regulatory issues as well as rigor, reproducibility and transparency; working with special populations; study start-up needs; and troubleshooting.
  • The Biostatistics and Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law programs which provide consultations for investigators on study design, analysis plans, and regulatory concerns.
  • The Education program which offers educational opportunities on topics related to clinical and translational research, as well as professional development courses such as Leadership Strategies, Career Pathways, and Communicating Research.
  • The Community Engagement program which works with individual researchers and teams to enhance research projects by engaging community stakeholders with unique expertise and experience and aligning projects with community-identified needs and interests.


If you have questions about the funding opportunity, the following contacts at NCATS may be helpful:

Scientific Contact for Supplements:
Patrick Brown, PhD

Grants Manager for Supplements:
Leslie Le

Harvard Catalyst Parent Grant Program Officer:
Erica Rosemond, PhD