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

K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

K25: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award

K99/R00: Pathway to Independence Award

Career Development Awards for Independent Investigators


NICHD no longer participates in the K02 or K24 programs.

Career Development Award Resources

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