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This page provides information, data, resources, and podcasts regarding NIH Career Development Awards (also known as K-series awards).

NIH web resources for new investigators

The NIH "K Kiosk:"  a web site providing consolidated information about NIH Career Development Awards


Career Award data and administrative information

Brief descriptions and links to further information on specific K programs.  Note that not all Institutes and Centers (I&Cs) support every type of K award.  Check the NIH funding opportunity for a list of participating I&Cs.

K01:  Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
     Career development in a new area of research.
     3-5 yrs
     Salary determined by the sponsoring Institute.

International Research Scientist Development K01 Award (IRSDA)
     Supports the research careers of US scientists related to global health.

Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01)

K02:  Independent Scientist Award
     To develop the career of the funded scientist.
     5 yrs; 75% effort.

K05:  Senior Scientist Award
     For outstanding scientists with a sustained level of high productivity.
     5 yrs; 75% effort
     Funding determined by the sponsoring Institute

K07:  Academic Career Award
     Developmental/Leadership in academic instruction, research, administration.
     2-5 yrs, 25-75% effort
     Requires institutional sponsorship.

K08:  Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
     Development of the independent clinical research scientist.
     3-5 yrs; 75% effort.

K12:  Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award
     Support to an institution for the development of independent clinical scientists.
     5 yrs; 75% effort; initiated by the educational institution.

K18:  Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research
     Full- or part-time training in the use of human/animal embryonic, adult, or cord blood stem cells.
     Usually 6 months to 1 year (up to 2 years allowed).
     Limited I's and C's participating.

K22:  Career Transition Award
     Support to an individual postdoctoral fellow in transition to a faculty position.

K23:  Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
     Development of the independent research scientist in the clinical arena.
     3-5 yrs, 75% commitment.

K24:  Midcareer Investigator Award In Patient-Oriented Research
     Development of clinical mentors conducting funded research.
     3-5 years, 25 to 50% effort

K25:  Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)
     To foster interdisciplinary collaboration by scientists with quantitative/engineering backgrounds.
     3-5 yrs; 75% effort

K26:  Midcareer Investigator Award In Mouse Pathobiology Research
     For established pathobiologists wishing to devote up to 50% effort toward mouse pathobiology.
     3 to 5 years, renewable, 25 to 50% effort

K30:  Clinical Research Curriculum Development
     Institutional award for development of a clinical research curriculum.
     5 yrs; up to $200,000 per year.

K99/R00:  NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)
The NIH Pathway to Independence Award provides an opportunity for promising postdoctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. Award recipients will be expected to compete successfully for independent R01 support from the NIH during the career transition award period. For more information, see the New Investigators Program web site.