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HEAL* National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Award (HEAL K12)

The Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan is the administrative home for the HEAL 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. Scholars continue to work at their home institutions while receiving didactics and mentoring from national experts. Awards provide a minimum of 75% salary support plus fringe benefits, and $50,000/year in research support costs, for up to 3 years.

Key Dates

The application deadline for the 2024 Scholar Cohort has passed. 2025 Opportunity will be posted 8/2025.

2024 Scholar Award Announcement : 05/01/2024
2024 Program Start: 06/01/2024

K12 Advisory Committee and Mentoring Group

The HEAL K12 Advisory Group is composed of 3 Directors from the University of Michigan, 12 National Experts on topics of clinical pain research, and 5 individuals with lived pain experience. The Advisory group helps to shape direction of the HEAL K12 program, reviews scholar applications, and serves as source of mentors for the selected scholars.


Each year, a new class of scholars is selected. With the mission of expanding the national workforce capable of conducting clinical pain research, these scholars come from diverse personal, institutional, geographic, disciplinary, and specialty backgrounds.