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.
Career Development Awards for Independent Investigators
NICHD no longer participates in the K02 or K24 programs.
Career Development Award Resources
- NIH Information on Career Development Awards (K): This site provides a description of various career development awards, along with eligibility considerations and funding policies.
- Application Guides and Instructions: This page links to the different NIH application instruction sets. Applicants for Career Development Awards (K-series) should use the “Career Development Instructions.”
- Peer Review of K Applications: The NICHD Scientific Review Branch reviews applications for career development awards. View rosters for review panels.
- NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS): The GPS outlines policies for all grant mechanisms at NIH, including fellowships, career development awards, and institutional training grants. The GPS is the ultimate resource for policy questions. Career Development (K) Award policies are in Chapter 12.
- FAQs about K Awards: Get answers to common questions about K awards in general and specific aspects of K awards.