Career Development (K) Awards

K awards provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates.

The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. Current NIH policies require that, by the time of the award, applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Please note that this requirement applies to all the mechanisms below, EXCEPT the K99/R00.

K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

  • Purpose: Provides 3 to 5 years of support for a mentored research training experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. NICHD accepts K01 applications for only three research areas: Rehabilitation Research, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Population Research.
  • Eligibility: Those with a research or health professional doctorate
  • View: Parent K01 Announcement

K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

  • Purpose: Provide support and "protected time" for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.
  • Eligibility: Those with a clinical doctorate
  • View: Parent K08 Announcement

K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

  • Purpose: Provide 3 to 5 years of support for a mentored research training experience in patient-oriented research.
  • Eligibility: Those with a health professional doctorate
  • View: Parent K23 Announcement

K25: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award

  • Purpose: Provides 3 to 5 years of mentored research training for investigators with quantitative science and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a research or health professional doctorate and a background in engineering or quantitative sciences (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, or chemistry).
  • View: Parent K25 Announcement

K99/R00: Pathway to Independence Award

  • Purpose: Two-stage award to support the final stages of postdoctoral training and to provide independent funding when the candidate secures a faculty position. This award aims to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators.
  • Eligibility: Those with a clinical or research doctorate and no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of initial application or resubmission. 
  • View: Parent K99/R00 Announcement

K02: Independent Scientist Award

IMPORTANT NOTE: NICHD is no longer participating in the K02 program. For details, visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HD-14-009.html

K24: Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

  • Purpose: Provide 25-50% "protected time" for patient-oriented research and to act as a research mentor in scientific areas related to the NICHD mission.
  • Eligibility: Mid-career health professional doctorates or equivalent. Associate professors and full professors are eligible. Eligibility is limited to those who have an active R01 or equivalent grant from NICHD at the time of award. Competing renewal applications are not accepted.
    • The K24 research plan may comprise a new research trajectory or an expansion of one or more specific aims of an ongoing grant.
    • For additional details, please see the specific requirements in the link below.
  • View: Parent K24 Announcement

Career Development Award Resources

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