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NRC Research Associateship Program in Chemical and Biological Defense
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency in conjunction with the NRC Research Associateship Programs sponsors Chemical and Biological Defense research opportunities for U.S. citizens who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years. 
NRC-CBD Postdoctoral Research Associates receive the following benefits:
  • $78,397 annual stipend for two years provided the Associate makes satisfactory progress and meets all program requirements
  • Health insurance (includes dental and vision)
  • Reimbursable professional travel up to $7,237 per year
  • Relocation expenses

Program Opportunities
  • Annual 3-day DTRA sponsored Associates workshop*
    The workshop is intended as an informal three-day event where Associates are introduced to the DTRA program manager and the other NRC-CBD Associates. Activities during the first workshop held in Annapolis included technical presentations by the Associates, a grant proposal writing class, a tour of the Naval Academy, personality profiling and a leadership seminar as well as dinner and social events.
  • Annual recognition luncheon at the CBD Science and Technology Conference*
    The luncheon recognizes the Associates and Advisers for their contribution to CBD and provides an opportunity for the Associates to network with the lead executives of the CBD Program. Associates will showcase their research via posters during the luncheon and are also strongly encouraged to submit their research abstracts to the conference.
  • CB Tech Watch seminar series
    Associates will be invited to speak at DTRA’s Tech Watch Seminar Series in Fort Belvoir, VA. The Associates will give a one-hour seminar presentation to the technical staff at DTRA interested in the topic area.
  • Other
    Associates are required to notify DTRA for any publications made during their tenure as a NRC-CBD Associate.

    * Pending federal travel restrictions.

Application Process
  • Before applying, candidates must identify the desired DoD laboratory Adviser and location to be entered in their online application.
  • Candidates should contact the Adviser prior to submitting an application to discuss available research opportunities.
  • Candidates should refer to the How to Apply for additonal instructions.
  • DTRA will select qualified candidates from the NRC Research Associateship Programs review based upon the competitiveness of the application, applicability to the program, and funding availability.
  • After the first year of the award, DTRA will review each Associate’s technical progress to determine eligibility for continued funding.
Research Opportunities
  • The CBD Research Associateship program offers more than 50 research opportunities for applicants to choose from.
  • Applicants are not limited to the topics posted to the web and are encouraged to discuss their research interests/proposals with the DoD laboratory adviser.
  • The listed opportunities contain the location, adviser’s contact information, a brief description of research areas and eligibility requirements.