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ARCHIVED - Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development
Award (K23) (PA-09-043)
Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions
Release Date: December 11, 2008
Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

NIH Institute/Center Scientific/Research
Financial or Grants Management
Salary Support Research Support

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Susan E. Lim, Ph.D.
Program Director
Cancer Training Branch
Office of the Director
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Room 7043
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: (301) 496-8580

Diversity Research Branch:
LeeAnn Bailey, Ph.D.
Diversity Training Branch
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 602, MSC 8341
Bethesda, MD 20892-8341
Phone: (301) 496-7344

Ms. Kimery B. Griffin
Grants Administration Branch
6120 Executive Blvd., EPS Room 243, MSC 7150
Bethesda , MD 20892-7150
Phone: (301) 496-3196

Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $30,000 per year.

NCI Specific Information:

Individuals conducting mentored, patient-oriented research in the cancer prevention, control, behavioral or the population sciences should also refer to the NCI's K07, the "Prevention, Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Career Development Award."
(See Training Sponsored by NCI (Extramural):
For information on the NCI K07 please contact Dr. Shannon Lemrow

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.              
NEI Training Director
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300
Rockville, MD 20892-9300
Phone: (301) 451-2020

William W. Darby
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Research
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300
Rockville, MD 20892-9300
Phone: (301) 451-2020

Up to the legislative cap plus fringe benefits per year.

See below.

NEI Specific Information:

Research Support: Usually $25,000, but with sufficient justification can be up to $50,000 per year.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Ms. Ann Rothgeb
Program Specialist
Division of Lung Diseases
Two Rockledge Centre, Room 10158
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7952
Bethesda, MD 20892-7952
Phone: (301) 435-0202

Ms. Kimberly Stanton
Division of Extramural Research Activities, NHLBI
Two Rockledge Centre, Suite 7167
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD 20892-7926
Phone: (301) 435-0159

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

See below.

NHLBI Specific Information:

NHLBI will use a streamlined review process.
NHLBI requires an IRB-approved data and safety monitoring plan for: (1) all clinical trails regardless of phase, and (2) all clinical research with greater than minimal risk.
NHLBI accepts applications from candidates holding a D.S.W.
NHLBI will provide up to a maximum of 6 years of combined K12 plus K23 support.
See NHLBI Helpful Hints for K23 Candidates.
See NHLBI Model K23 Applications.

Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year. With a strong rationale in the Budget Justification, up to $50,000 per year may be requested.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Activities
Gateway Building, Room 2C218
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Phone (301) 496-9322

Lesa McQueen
Grants management Branch
Gateway Building, Suite 2N212, MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD  20892-2292
Phone: (301) 496-1472

Up to 75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

See below.

NIA Specific Information:

Research Support: $25,000 normally but up to $50,000 when the costs generated by the patient-oriented research protocol(s) require these funds. A justification is required in the application.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Deidra Roach, M.D.
5635 Fishers Lane
Bethesda , MD 20892-9304
Phone: (301) 443-5820

Judy Fox
Chief, Grants Management Branch
5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023
Bethesda , MD   20892-9304
Phone: (301) 443-4704

75 percent of base salary plus fringe benefits per year up to the legislative cap.

Up to $50,000 per year.

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of fellowships and career development programs to ensure the training of highly qualified new investigators in alcohol-related research.  Training opportunities under this announcement include mentored patient-oriented research in the social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate institute staff prior to preparing an application.  For more information see

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Milton J. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Special Populations and Research Training
6700B Rockledge Dr, Rm 2149
Bethesda , MD 20886
Phone: (301) 496-3775

Julie Waugh
Grants Management Branch
6700B Rockledge Dr,
Room 2239
Bethesda , MD 20886
Phone: (301) 451-7381

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NIAID Specific Information:


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Muscle Development and Physiology
Musculoskeletal Diseases Branch
6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 854
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 594-5585

Yen Thach
Grants Management Specialist
6701 Democracy Boulevard
One Democracy Plaza, Suite 846
Bethesda, MD 20892-4872
Phone: (301) 594-3505

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year. See below.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NIAMS Specific Information:

For physician surgeons whose research interests are within the mission interests of the NIAMS, effort may be reduced from 75% to 50%. Salary will be reduced from up to $75,000 to up to $50,000. There will be no changes in research supplies.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Division of Interdisciplinary Training
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477
Phone: (301) 435-6686  

Florence Turska
Grants Management Branch
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 900
Bethesda , MD 20892
Phone: (301) 451-4782

Up to $105,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $40,000 per year.

NIBIB Specific Information:

More information on NIBIB Career Awards can be found at  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed above to determine if their application is appropriate to NIBIB and to identify the most suitable training mechanism.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Susan Taymans, Ph.D.
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B01
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-6517

Bryan Clark, MBA
Grants Management Branch
6100 Executive Blvd., 8A01A
Bethesda, MD  20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 435-6975

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NICHD Specific Information:

NICHD has a 6 year limit of support on institutional and mentored Ks. The funds for the salary are based on the percent effort, with a maximum of $75K.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Programs
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400C
6120 Executive Blvd. , MSC-7180
Bethesda , MD 20892-7180
Phone: (301) 496-1804

Mr. Christopher Myers
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Activities
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400B
6120 Executive Blvd. , MSC-7180
Bethesda , MD 20892-7180
Phone: (301) 402-0909

Up to $105,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $80,000 per year.

NIDCD Specific Information:

NIDCD K23 awards are intended to facilitate the research independence of individuals:

  • seeking to integrate both clinical practice and research trajectories in their careers;
  • having an aggregate of two or more years of prior research experience;
  • holding or having secured positions of junior academic rank, or the equivalent in non-academic employment setting; individuals promoted to the rank of associate professor, or its equivalent, within the last two years may apply.

The NIDCD encourages beginning clinician-scientists to consider applying for one year of support through an NIDCD R03 award ( PAR-07-287 ), if needed, to demonstrate the feasibility of the research to be proposed in their K23 applications.
The NIDCD has the following special requirements for its K23 applicants:

  • To facilitate regular face-to-face contact within the mentoring relationship, the primary sponsor of the K23 shall be based at the applicant's home institution or at an institution within a reasonable distance (i.e., approximately 100 miles) of the applicant's institution.
  • The career development plan must include a graduate-level didactic course in biostatistics and research design, to be completed during the first year of the award, or provide evidence that such training was previously completed by the applicant.
  • An external advisory committee of two scientists with records of Federal research funding and of mentoring new investigators in the field of the proposed research career development, but are not mentors or collaborators of the applicant or the applicant's sponsor, shall be configured.  The purpose of the external advisory committee is to: 1) advise the awardee in attaining the goals of the career development program; and 2) to help ensure that the institution's commitment's to the terms of the award are being met.  These committee members shall commit to be available to the candidate for consultation on an as-needed basis and to site visit the awardee during Years Two and Four of the K23 award.   A report of the external advisory committee shall be incorporated into the Application for Continuation Grant (PHS Form 2590) for Years Three and Five of the award.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Kevin S. Hardwick, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 690
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 594-2765

Dede Rutberg, MBA
Grants Management Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 656
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Phone: (301) 594-4798

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NIDCR Specific Information:

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) offers the K23 mechanism to encourage dentists or other clinicians to pursue training for a career in patient-oriented research related to dental, oral and craniofacial science fields relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan.  The prospective candidate must have a D.D.S./D.M.D., M.D. or other clinical doctoral degree.  The award can be used by dentists who wish to pursue a program that includes didactic and supervised patient-oriented research experiences that result in the Ph.D. degree.  Health professionals with a doctoral degree may use the award for a postdoctoral experience. The NIDCR will not provide support for clinical specialty training under this program.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in oral health research, and funding priority will be given to applicants holding a dental degree.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
James F. Hyde, Ph.D., Room 789
Phone: (301) 594-7692

Digestive & Liver Diseases, Nutrition and Obesity:
Judith Podskalny, Ph.D., Room 667
Phone: (301) 594-8876

Kidney and Urologic Diseases:
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., Room 605
Phone: (301) 594-4748

Hematologic Disorders:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D., Room 619
Phone: (301) 594-7717

NIDDK address:
6707 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-5458

Craig Bagdon
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Room 731,MSC 5456
Bethesda, MD 20892-5456
Phone: (301) 594-2115

Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Usually $25,000, but with sufficient justification can be up to $50,000.

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK will provide up to a maximum of 6 years of combined K12 plus K23 support.

The NIDDK provides further information on all K-award programs on their training and career development web site:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Office of Science Policy and Communications, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm 5232, MSC 9591
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 443-6071

Carol Alderson
Grants Management Branch
6101 Executive Boulevard, Suite 270
Bethesda, MD 20892-8403
Phone: (301) 594-5614

Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $50,000 per year.

NIDA Specific Information:

NIDA utilizes the K23 to assist new investigators after postdoctoral training to gain additional supervised experience in order to become independent research scientists in activities directly relevant to the mission of NIDA.
Please see NOT-DA-06-013 for information regarding NIDA policies on K-series career development awards.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
Program Administrator, Training and Career Development
P. O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: (919) 541-1445

Lisa Edwards
Division of Extramural Research and Training
530 Davis Drive, Room 3056
Durham, NC  27713
Phone: (919) 541-0751

75% of Institutional Salary Base, up to legislated cap, plus fringe benefits.

Up to $40,000 per year.

NIEHS Specific Information:

The mission of the NIEHS is distinguished from that of other Institutes by its focus on research programs seeking to link the effects of environmental exposures to the cause, moderation, or prevention of a human disease, disorder, or biological process.  Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include, but are not limited to, industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, bacterial or biologically derived toxins.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Alison Cole, Ph.D.
Clinical Pharmacology
Richard Okita, Ph.D.
Sepsis, Innate Immunity and Inflammation
Sarah Dunsmore, Ph.D.
Trauma and Burn Injury
Scott Somers, Ph.D.
Wound Healing
Richard Ikeda, Ph.D.
NIGMS address:
45 Center Drive
Room 2AS-49, MSC6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Phone: 301-594-3827
Fax: 301-480-2802

Lisa Moeller
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Activities
45 Center Drive, Room 2AN.50C, MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Phone: (301) 594-3914

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $20,000 per year.

NIGMS Specific Information:
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will accept applications for the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) in the areas of anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, sepsis, innate immunity and inflammation, trauma and burn injury, and wound healing research. NIGMS offers the K23 award to support the development of academic physicians (or individuals with comparable clinical training) into independent scientists. The candidate must be in a tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one of the NIGMS staff listed above early in the preparation of an application. Link to the Career Development Awards section of the NIGMS web page:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Mark Chavez, Ph.D.
Division of Adult Translational Research & Treatment Development
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7101
Bethesda, MD 20892-9632
Phone: (301) 443-8942

Rita Sisco
6001 Executive Blvd.
Room 6120, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD 20892-9605
Phone: (301) 443-2805

Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $50,000 per year.

NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience and behavioral science, human genetics, adult and pediatric translational research, services and intervention research, and health and behavior and AIDS-related research ( Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute career development staff ( before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans.

NIMH will provide a maximum of 6 years of combined K12 (or KL2) and K23 support (see NOT-MH-08-017).

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Blvd, Room 2186
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-4188

Mutema Nyankale
Grants Management Branch
6001 Executive Blvd., NSC/Rm. 3250
Bethesda, MD 20892-9537
Phone: (301) 496-6506

Up to $85,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $50,000 per year.

NINDS Specific Information:

The NINDS supports researchers who propose to conduct biomedical research in areas of high priority/public health significance to neurological sciences.  This mechanism provides support for a period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals (MD or equivalent) who have the potential to develop into productive clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research in neurological sciences.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

David Banks, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.W., RN
Program Director, Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH
6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870
Telephone: (301) 496-9558
Fax: 301-480-8260 

Lawrence Haller
Office of Grants/Contract Management
6701 Democracy Blvd. Rm. 710
Bethesda, Maryland 20892 Phone: (301) 402-1878

Up to $75, 000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NINR Specific Information:

NINR encourages mentored patient-oriented research in the areas of symptom management, pulmonary, critical care, trauma, reproductive health, genetics, epigenetics, behavioral research, incorporation of advanced technology and end-of-life and palliative care.   As our science grows, NINR is focusing on ways to stimulate its future development by incorporating new tools and analytical approaches such as informatics and meta-analyses. The role of interdisciplinary research teams is a priority and will continue to increase. The Institute is committed to training new investigators, with attention to the areas of greatest need and to strategies for encouraging young investigators and members of groups underrepresented into science
NINR limits the length of the K23 award to a 3-year period and generally considers career development applications only from research doctorally prepared applicants who will advance the science of nursing.  Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director responsible for their research area listed on the NINR website.  
Additional information about NINR funding mechanisms is available from

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM)

Partap S. Khalsa, Ph.D.
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 594-3462

George Tucker, M.B.A.
Chief Grants Management Officer
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401, MSC 5475
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
Phone: (301) 594-9102

Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NCCAM Specific Information:


Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Mary Frances Picciano, Ph.D.
Senior Nutrition Research Specialist
Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
6100 Executive Blvd. , Rm. 3B01
Bethesda , MD 20892-7517
Phone: (301) 435-3608

Ms. Jenelle D. Wiggins
Office of Grants Management
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 1038
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874
Phone: (301) 435-0843

ODS does not issue awards


ODS Specific Information:

ODS does not receive applications, and does not fund applications directly, but provides funds to other ICs to support areas aligned with the mission of ODS.

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