Research Participation Opportunities at the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration-NCTR General

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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How to Apply

This is an open announcement to collect applications for future research opportunities.  A complete application consists of:      

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.



The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are educational and training programs designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students, post-master and post-doctoral, and faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific research and developmental activities at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.  The mission of NCTR is to conduct scientific research to develop and support innovative tools and evaluation of approaches that FDA uses to protect and promote individual and public health.  To accomplish its mission, NCTR has established three strategic goals to ensure the conduct of innovative regulatory-science research vital to FDA.  Regulatory Science-the science of developing and establishing tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of regulated products-is the foundation of decision-making at FDA.  The three strategic goals are:

  • Advance scientific approaches and tools required to support public health.

  • Promote global interactions in regulatory science research.

  • Improve administrative management and develop new communication materials and methods to support HHS/FDA science goals.

This is an open announcement to collect applicants for future research opportunities.  The opportunities include full-time, part-time, and summer appointments at NCTR. Limited opportunities may be available for full-time faculty who are currently employed at U.S. accredited colleges and universities; contact for more information.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. Appointments can vary from a few months to one year, but may be renewed for up to three years upon recommendation of FDA, contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

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Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student at an accredited U.S. college or university pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline or have received a graduate or doctoral degree in a STEM discipline within five years of the start date of the appointment. 

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) mandates a background check be completed for both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.  Foreign nationals must have resided in the U.S. for at least three (3) of the past five (5) years in order for FDA to complete a background check.


Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Post-Associate's, Post-Bachelor's, Postdoctoral, Post-Master's, or Undergraduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (16 )
    • Engineering (3 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (4 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 )

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