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Mentored Career Development Awards





K01 - NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

The purpose of the NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) is to provide junior faculty support and protected time (up to three years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in neuroscience research.    The goal of the NINDS K01 is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators and to enhance the probability of success in obtaining independent NIH or other independent research support.   Mentoring is expected to be appropriate for this stage of career and should focus on enhancing tenure track (or equivalent) activities or metrics (i.e., helping the junior faculty member to navigate institutional expectations, scientific networks, and practices that are relevant to productivity and advancement at the institution).  Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty position at the time of award.

Salary and Research Costs: Salary up to $85,000 per year plus related fringe benefits will be provided. A research allowance of up to $100,000 per year will be provided. K01 award recipients are encouraged to apply for independent research awards while the K award is active, and should consult with Dr. Michelle Jones-London for budget guidance in this process.

NINDS no longer utilizes the K01 mechanism for re-entry.  NINDS now uses the Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers program for support of Re-Entry Candidates (see Notice NOT-NS-11-013).

  • See NIH Program Announcement: PAR-12-152
  • Notice of Correction in the Instructions for the Submission of Eligibility Certification Letter: NOT-NS-13-014
  • The new expiration date for this award is May 8, 2015
  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

Program Contact:
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Blvd
NSC, Suite 2149, MSC 9535
Bethesda, MD 20892-9535
301-451-7966; Fax 301-594-5929
jonesmiche@ninds.nih.gov
 

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K08 - Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

The Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) is designed to provide "protected time" for clinically trained individuals to participate in an intensive, supervised training program in biomedical research, including translational research, related to neurological disorders. Although the award is primarily targeted to candidates holding an MD or equivalent degree, it may also support individuals holding other health professional degrees. The award supports a 3-5 year period of supervised basic or clinical neuroscience research experience and should be comparable in scope and rigor to meeting the requirements for an advanced research degree. This program is intended to support applicants with a clinical doctoral degree that are within 3 years of completing their clinical training (which is defined as sequential years of residency training and clinical fellowships). Applicants that are beyond 3 years post clinical training must obtain prior written approval from the Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity to be eligible for this program.

The candidate must identify a mentor with extensive research experience and, unless he or she is a neurosurgeon, must devote a minimum of 75% full time professional effort to the proposed research and career development activities. The letter of institutional commitment should include a description of the candidate's non-research responsibilities according to the following:  1/2 day = 10% of the 5 day workweek, 1 month = 8% of the year, time on call for clinical duty is not protected time for research.

Special Note:  To accommodate neurosurgeons, who need significant clinical activity to maintain their surgical skills, NINDS will accept 50% full time professional effort for research and career development activities associated with the K award.  The letter of institutional commitment should describe, as above, the specific allocation of time (on a weekly and/or monthly basis) devoted to K award activities and clinical and other non-K award activities.

Salary and Research Costs: NINDS will provide up to $95,000 of the awardees salary per year, and up to $50,000 per year toward research costs. K08 award recipients are encouraged to apply for independent research awards while the K award is active, and should consult with the Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity for budget guidance in this process.

For important information regarding salary support from mentored K awards when applicants receive a concurrent R01, refer to notice NOT-NS-09-015.
 

Institutional Support: Please pay careful attention to specific issues that must be addressed in a statement of institutional support for K08 and K23 awards.
 

  • See NIH Program Announcement: PA-14-046
  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

K08 - Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging

This award is similar to the omnibus K08 career development award offered by NINDS, but is administered by NIA and reviewed by a special study section devoted to Aging Research. 

This award program supports a 3-5 year period of supervised basic research. Candidates for this award must be clinically trained professionals (MD or equivalent), identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and devote a minimum of 75% of his or her time and effort to the proposed research and career development activities.

Potential applicants may apply in response to either the Beeson FOA or the omnibus FOA, but cannot have an application to both pending simultaneously. Rules pertaining to new and amended applications apply even if the applicant chooses to switch FOAs after the first submission. Each FOA provides advantages and disadvantages, so potential applicants are advised to carefully read the Beeson FOA and understand these differences before deciding which to apply for.

Note that most Beeson awards are supported by NIA, but NINDS will support awards that fall within the NINDS mission.  See Notice of NINDS's Participation in RFA-AG-15-017 "Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23)"  (NOT-NS-14-040).

Salary and Research Costs: Applicants may seek up to $200,000 (direct costs) per year. Direct costs requested across all years may be no more than $600,000 for three year awards; $700,000 for four year awards; and $800,000 for five year awards. Candidates may propose a budget appropriate to the research and related needs. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time staff appointment and up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale.

For more information, refer to the American Federation for Aging Website

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K22 - NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

This opportunity provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with strong training in neuroscience with the resources and tools that will help facilitate a transition to a stable and productive independent research position. Individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D., Ph.D./M.D. or equivalent) and between 2 and 5 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

Salary and Research Costs: During Phase I NIH will contribute salary in accordance with NRSA guidelines (see: NOT-OD-12-033). During Phase II, NIH will contribute up to $85,000, commensurate with salary and effort, as well as fringe benefits, toward the salary of the career award recipient. NIH will contribute up to $25,000 in Phase I and $100,000 in Phase 2 per year toward the research and career development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

  • See NIH Program Announcement: PAR-12-163
  • Notice of Correction in the Instructions for the Submission of Eligibility Certification Letter: NOT-NS-13-013
  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

Program Contact:
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Blvd
NSC, Suite 2149, MSC 9535
Bethesda, MD 20892-9535
301-451-7966; Fax 301-594-5929
jonesmiche@ninds.nih.gov
 

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K23 - Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

The Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) was created to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. For the purposes of this award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials; and 4) the development of new technologies. This mechanism provides support for a period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals (MD or equivalent) who have the potential to develop into productive clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research. The project period may be 3-5 years.

Candidates (other than neurosurgeons) must devote a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort in research career development and clinical research activities associated with the K award.  The letter of institutional commitment should include a description of the candidate's non-research responsibilities according to the following:  1/2 day = 10% of the 5 day workweek, 1 month = 8% of the year, time on call for clinical duty is not protected time for research.  If there is overlapping time between clinical and research responsibilities, this should be clarified.

Special Note:  To accommodate neurosurgeons, who need significant clinical activity to maintain their surgical skills, NINDS will accept 50% full time professional effort for research and career development activities associated with the K award.  The letter of institutional commitment should describe, as above, the specific allocation of time (on a weekly and/or monthly basis) devoted to K award activities and clinical and other non-K award activities.
 

Salary and Research Costs: : NINDS will provide up to $95,000 of the awardees salary per year, and up to $50,000 per year toward research costs. K23 award recipients are encouraged to apply for independent research awards while the K award is active, and should consult with the Director, Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity for budget guidance in this process.

For important information regarding salary support from mentored K awards when applicants receive a concurrent R01, refer to notice NOT-NS-09-015.
 

Institutional Support: Please pay careful attention to specific issues that must be addressed in a statement of institutional support for K08 and K23 awards.
 

  • See NIH Program Announcement: PA-14-049
  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

K23 - Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging

This award is similar to the omnibus K23 career development award offered by NINDS, but is administered by NIA and reviewed by a special study section devoted to Aging Research. 

This award program supports a 3-5 year period of supervised clinical research. Candidates for this award must be clinically trained professionals (MD or equivalent), identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and devote a minimum of 75% of his or her time and effort to the proposed research and career development activities.

Potential applicants may apply in response to either the Beeson FOA or the omnibus FOA, but cannot have an application to both pending simultaneously. Rules pertaining to new and amended applications apply even if the applicant chooses to switch FOAs after the first submission. Each FOA provides advantages and disadvantages, so potential applicants are advised to carefully read the Beeson FOA and understand these differences before deciding which to apply for.

Note that most Beeson awards are supported by NIA, but NINDS will support awards that fall within the NINDS mission.  See Notice of NINDS's Participation in RFA- AG-15-017 "Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23)"  (NOT-NS-14-041).

Salary and Research Costs: Applicants may seek up to $200,000 (direct costs) per year. Direct costs requested across all years may be no more than $600,000 for three year awards; $700,000 for four year awards; and $800,000 for five year awards. Candidates may propose a budget appropriate to the research and related needs. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time staff appointment and up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale.

For more information, refer to the American Federation for Aging Website

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K25 - Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

  NINDS has discontinued its support of the K25 award mechanism (NOT-NS-13-031).

  New applications will not be accepted after September 7, 2013.

  Resubmitted applications (A1) will not be accepted after May 7, 2014.

As of August 22, 2006, the eligibility criteria for this program have changed. See the Notice for details.

The purpose of the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) is to support the career development of investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on behavioral and biomedical research (basic or clinical). Examples of quantitative scientific and technical backgrounds outside of biology or medicine considered appropriate for this award include, but are not limited to: mathematics, statistics, computer science, informatics, physics, chemistry and engineering. Candidates for this award must have demonstrated research interests with an advanced degree in a quantitative area of science or engineering (e.g., M.S.E.E., PhD, D.Sc.). They must identify a mentor with extensive behavioral or biomedical research experience, and must devote at least 75% full-time professional effort conducting research career development and basic or clinical research.
 

Salary and Research Costs: NINDS will provide up to $85,000 of the awardees salary per year, and up to $50,000 per year toward research costs. All non-competing (Type 5) applications will continue to receive salary and research support under the original terms and conditions of the award.

For important information regarding salary support from mentored K awards when applicants receive a concurrent R01, refer to notice NOT-NS-09-015.
 

See NIH Program Announcement: PA-11-196, NOT-NS-06-011

  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

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K99/R00 - NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award

Updated timeline for late resubmission applications (-A1) for the K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (NOT-OD-14-006).

NIH New Investigators Program

The Pathway to Independence Award is uniquely designed to facilitate the transition of outstanding postdoctoral candidates from mentored to independent research positions. The award contains two components, a mentored (K99) phase that can last up to 2 years and an independent (R00) phase, which will have a duration of 3 years. The objective of the program is to facilitate research independence earlier in an investigator's career. Investigators complete supervised research, and apply for an independent research faculty position, during the mentored phase of the award. Activation of the independent award phase is administrative, and is contingent upon the investigator securing an independent research position. For applications due February 12, 2014 and beyond, eligible candidates will have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research at the time of application (initial or amended). The NIH will accept late resubmission (-A1) applications from applicants who are no longer eligible to apply for the March 12, 2014 receipt date, i.e. currently eligible applicants with more than 4 (but less than 5) years of postdoctoral experience. Late -A1 applications will be due no later than January 13, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. local time of the applicant organization. This late resubmission due date is available only to individuals whose eligibility ends prior to the March 12, 2014 due date. Eligible applicants will currently be in a mentored postdoctoral position, regardless of title. Review the NIH definition of a postdoctoral scholar. Award recipients are expected to obtain R01 support during the independent phase of the award.

 Special Note: To accommodate neurosurgeons, who need significant clinical activity to maintain their surgical skills, NINDS will accept 50% time commitment to the award.
 

Salary and Research Costs: For mentored candidates in an extramural institution, NINDS will provide up to $50,000 per year for salary support, plus fringe, and up to $20,000 for research support costs. For those applicants that are clinicians (including those with M.D., D.D.S, D.V.M. and other licensed health professionals), NINDS will provide up to $95,000 per year for salary support. Budget details for mentored candidates in the NIH intramural program will be negotiated with the sponsoring laboratory and will be consistent with offers to scientists in comparable positions. The applicant should indicate a minimum of 9 person months effort for him/herself for the K99 phase. In the initial application, an itemized budget is not required for the R00 phase. At the time of transition to the R00 phase, the R00 applicant institution will submit a detailed budget for each budget period of the R00 project period that reflects the direct and indirect costs at the R00 applicant institution.

List of K99 Awardees

* See NOT-OD-14-102 for revised budget instructions for PA-14-042.

* How do I fill in the budget on a K99/R00 application?

  • Application Form SF 424
  • New Application Receipt Dates: February 12, June 12, October 12
    Renewal, Resubmission, or Revised Application Dates: March 12, July 12, November 12

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Last updated October 24, 2014