Research Participation Programs (RPP)

Research Participation Programs at the NIH are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and postdoctoral Fellows an opportunity to participate in project-specific NIH research, current public health research, and developmental activities.  It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using state-of-the-art equipment and to expand students’ knowledge in their field of study while exposing them to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship.  These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping provide answers to today’s pressing scientific questions.

Length of Appointment

One month to one year initial appointments renewable up to four years


Because of the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in a science or engineering discipline, or a related public health discipline (such as economics or health communications).
  • Have received such a degree within five years of the start date of the appointment.
  • Other applicants, including established scientists and technical experts, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Stipend – Stipends are awarded monthly and based upon your current faculty contract.
  • Insurance – Insurance is a program requirement for the Faculty Research Program. Insurance can be purchased through the ORISE Program.
  • Inbound/Outbound Travel – Awarded on a case-by-case basis.
  • On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your collaboration by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awarded on a case-by-case basis.


For more information, contact or call (865) 574-3172.


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