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Career Development Awards (K Series Awards)

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K01 Award: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

The NIDCD uses the K01 program to support new and junior basic research investigators in supervised career development experiences that lead to research independence. It also supports investigators who need protected time in supervised career development experiences to train in a new field.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to the NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources.
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed).
    • Support staff available and committed to the project.
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study, including the planning period.
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.

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K08 Award: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

The NIDCD uses the K08 program to support individuals with a clinical/health-professional doctorate interested in supervised career development experiences in basic clinical research (not in patient-oriented research) that lead to research independence in biomedical, behavioral, or translational fields.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to the NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources.
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed).
    • Support staff available and committed to the project.
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study, including the planning period.
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

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K18 Award: NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators

The purpose of the K18 program is to enable established, proven investigators to augment or redirect their research programs through the acquisition of new research skills to answer questions relevant to the hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language sciences. The K18 award provides between six months and two years of advanced mentored research career development and requires a commitment of of 25 percent to 50 percent of professional effort.

Eligibility and Requirements. Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research and career development activities are invited to work with their mentor and sponsoring institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators include doctoral level investigators holding the rank of associate professor or professor, or the equivalent in nonacademic settings, with documented records of scientific accomplishments and research grant funding.

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K22 Award: NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators

The purpose of the NIDCD Research Career Transition Award for Nurturing Clinician-Investigators (K22) is to facilitate and support the early-stage research career development of new and recently appointed clinician faculty members with limited research training and experience who seek to forge an independent research career trajectory at academic institutions. This K22 program is intended to provide them with knowledge, tools, and research experience that will enable them to craft a competitive NIDCD Mentored Clinician-Scientist Development (K08/K23) Award application.

Eligibility and Requirements. This initiative is intended for clinically trained individuals with limited prior research training and experience in the health/life sciences. Typically, they will have had less than an aggregate of approximately two years of full-time research training and experience since beginning their postgraduate health professional education. Candidates for this award must have a health-professional doctoral degree. Individuals with the Ph.D. or other doctoral degree (AuD, PsyD) in clinical disciplines such as clinical psychology, nursing, clinical genetics, speech-language pathology, audiology, or rehabilitation are also eligible.

K23 Award: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

The NIDCD uses the K23 program to support individuals with a clinical/health-professional doctorate in supervised career development experiences in research conducted with human subjects that lead to research independence in biomedical, behavioral, or translational fields.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to the NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources.
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed).
    • Support staff available and committed to the project.
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study, including the planning period.
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

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K24 Award: Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

The NIDCD uses the K24 to support well-established research investigators (in an area of research supported by the NIDCD) interested in mentoring the next generation of basic, clinical, and translational investigators in NIDCD’s research areas.

  • The applicant must have active, peer-reviewed, independent research support from the NIDCD at the time of submission.
  • Applicants must have a mid-career faculty appointment at the associate professor level or higher.
  • Applicants must be part of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) that will provide resources to facilitate the development of beginning clinical investigators.

Salary Support: Up to the maximum legislative salary cap plus fringe benefits per year, for 25-50% effort.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

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K25 Award: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award

The NIDCD uses the K25 program to support individuals with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds who have not had sustained involvement in biomedical or behavioral research and who wish to focus their research in areas supported by the NIDCD.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to the NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources.
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed).
    • Support staff available and committed to the project.
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study, including the planning period.
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $80,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.

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

The NIDCD uses the K99/R00 program to support outstanding senior postdoctoral investigators in NIDCD research areas who are ready to complete their transition to become an independent investigator.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to the NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources.
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed).
    • Support staff available and committed to the project.
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study, including the planning period.
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

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Contact Information

Scientific Program Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
Division of Scientific Programs
(301) 451-3245

Grants Management Contact:
Christopher Myers
(301) 402-0909

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