Release Date: December 7, 2016
Category: Scientific Grant Writing
Author: Michelle S., Ph.D., E.L.S.
The K awards constitute a series of opportunities for researchers at various points in their professional careers to obtain funding for all kinds of biomedical, behavioral, and translational research. The purpose and eligibility for these awards is wide ranging; opportunities for career development (K) funding are available for researchers from early-career stages (graduate school and postdoctoral fellowship) into midcareer transitions. Thus, it can be challenging to determine which award is the best fit for your career stage and goals.
We have assembled the most pertinent information for all the different K awards in the table below. K awards that have many participating NIH institutions have a parent announcement, which is added to the table as a link. However, not all K-series fellowships have Parent Announcements. Particularly, those fellowships that have only a few participating institutes do not have Parent Announcements (e.g., K07). Some types of K awards do not have current funding availability, and we have indicated these in gray shading. With all K awards, we encourage you to follow-up on the award that seems most applicable to ensure your eligibility:
|Award Title||Description||Degree/Eligibility||Funding/Length||Participating Institutes/Agencies|
|F99/K00 – The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award||To support outstanding, late-stage graduate students with demonstrated potential and interest in a career as an independent researcher by facilitating the successful transition to their postdoctoral position.||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 3rd or 4th year in a mentored PhD or research degree program; No clinical, health-professional, or dual-degree programs||Stipend/salary + tuition and fees + travel assistance, up to 6 years (2 years F99 + up to 4 years K00)||NCI|
|K01 – Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award||To provide support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences, leading to research independence. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-190.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Research or clinical doctorate||3 to 5 years||NHLBI, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDA, NIMH, NINR, NCCIH, ORIP
Diversity Opportunity with NHLBI
|K02 – Independent Research Scientist Development Award||To foster the development of outstanding scientists, and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field. Designed for newly independent scientists with a need for intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research career. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-045.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Research or clinical doctorate; Peer-reviewed support||Supports salary and fringe benefits, award amount varies by institute, max. 5 years||NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS, NINDS, OBSSR, ODS|
|K05 – Senior Research Scientist Award||Salary and protected time to established researchers to devote effort to basic of clinical research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators||N/A||No funding opportunity announcement currently available|
|K07 – Academic Career Development Award||To increase the pool of individuals with academic and research expertise to become academic researchers and to enhance the educational or research capacity at the sponsoring institution. Supports junior candidates (development for the postdoctorate/resident) and senior individuals (leadership for the established investigator).||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Research or clinical doctoral degree||$100,000 salary + $30,000 research costs, max. 5 years||NCI, NIA|
|K08 – Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award||To support individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for intensive, supervised research career development in biomedical, behavioral, or translational research. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-046.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Clinical doctorate||Supports salary and fringe benefits, award amount varies by institute, max. 5 years||NCI, NEI, NHGRI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NCCIH, OBSSR, ODS|
|K18 – Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators||To support experienced scientists while they augment or redirect their research programs by acquiring new research skills or knowledge. Supports established investigators.||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Research or clinical doctoral degree; Rank of Associate or full Professor||Salary, part- or full-time + up to $25,000 research costs||NIDCD, NIDCR|
|K22 – NIAID/NCI Career Transition Award||To facilitate the transition of investigators into independent, productive research careers. This award consists of two phases: initial period of mentored research (Phase I) and a period of independent research at an extramural institution (Phase II). Phase II only awards are available.||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Research or clinical doctoral degree||Salary + fringe benefits + $50,000/yr research costs||Separate announcements NIAID (PAR-16-434), NCI (PAR-16-293)|
|K23 – Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award||To support individuals with a clinical doctorate degree and a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-198.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Clinical doctoral degree; Completed clinical training||Supports salary and fringe benefits, award amount varies by institute, max. 5 years||NCI, NEI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, NCCIH|
|K24 – Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research||To support midcareer health-professional doctorates or equivalent who are typically at the Associate Professor level. Supports protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as research mentors. Primarily for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-206.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; clinical doctoral degree; Midcareer stage with peer-reviewed support||Salary for 3-6 person-months + 50,000/yr for research expenses, travel, and statistical services||NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIDCD, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIMH, NINR, NCCIH|
|K25 – Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award||To support quantitative researchers who study NIH-relevant research topics by bringing quantitative science and engineering research to questions of healthy and disease. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-194.html||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; with advanced degree (e.g., MSEE, PhD) in a quantitative science or engineering field||Salary + fringe benefits + research support costs, varies by institute||NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, OBSSR, ODS|
|K26 – Midcareer Investigator Award in Biomedical and Behavioral Research||To support established, outstanding, biomedical and behavioral investigators by providing protected time for research and mentoring.||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (or equivalent)||N/A||No funding opportunity announcement currently available|
|K43 – Emerging Global Leader Award||To provide research support and protected time to a research scientist from a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) in a junior faculty position at an LMIC academic or research institution, leading to an independently funded research career. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-292.html
LIMC status as defined by the World Bank: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups
|PD/PI must be an LMIC citizen; masters or doctoral degree; Junior faculty appointment||Up to $75,000/yr salary + $30,000/yr research costs||FIC, NHGRI, NIDCR, NIEHS, NIMH, NINDS, ORWH, NCI|
|K76 – Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging||To develop talented scientists prepared to take active leadership roles in transformative change of health care, to improve health care outcomes. Investigators should be poised to change theory, practice, and health outcomes related to the health of older individuals.||U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Health-professional degree *Must have received competitively award research support as a PD/PI at the faculty level and had leadership responsibilities in the clinical or research domains||$225,000 max/yr for 5 years – toward salary and research development costs||NIA|
|K99/R00 – Pathway to Independence Award||To facilitate the timely transition from postdoctoral researcher or clinician scientist conducting mentored research to an independent, tenure-track (or equivalent), faculty position. This award helps individuals launch competitive, independent research careers. The R00 phase is contingent on obtaining an appropriate extramural position at an eligible institution. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-042.html||U.S. citizen or non-citizen; Clinical or research doctorate; No more than 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of initial application or resubmission||Total cost of R00 phase may not exceed $249,000; Max. 5 years (2 years K99, max 3 years R00)||NCI, NEI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, NIMHD, NLM, NCCIH, ORIP, OBSSR, ODS|
With so many options, it can be daunting to select the K-award to apply for. The easiest way to start narrowing down your options is to match your eligibility to the award, particularly the type of degree(s) and the number of years of post-graduate experience you currently have. Next, consider your research project in context with the mission statement(s) for your target institute(s). Reviewing mission statements will help you to find the institute(s) that are most appropriate to fund your project. Next, ensure that the institute/agency to which you plan to submit your project participates in your desired funding mechanism. To assist with that step, review the summary table above, or visit the NIH “K Kiosk” at https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/career-development. This website allows you to select search criteria and narrows the options based on your eligibility.
Best of luck with your pursuit of research funding!
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