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ARCHIVED - Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
(Parent K08) (PA-10-059)
Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions
Release Date: December 16, 2009
Expiration Date: May 8, 2011

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

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Dorkina Myrick, M.D., Ph.D.
Cancer Training Branch
Office of Centers, Training, and Resources
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
6116 Executive Boulevard
Suite 7033, MSC 8346
Bethesda, MD 20892-8346 (for U.S. Postal Service express or regular mail)
Rockville, MD 20852 (for express/courier delivery; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 496-8580
Fax: (301) 480-1744

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:

For Diversity Career Development Awards, please go to the website of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed therein to discuss various potential awards. 

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

See below.

Up to $25,000 per year.

NEI Specific Information:

Salary Support:
The NEI does not impose any salary restriction beyond that imposed legislatively. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12 month staff appointment for at least 75% effort.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Lorraine Silsbee, M.H.S.
Scientific Program Specialist
Two Rockledge Center, Room 10018
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7936
Bethesda, MD  20892-7936
Phone: (301) 435-0709

Mr. Howard Moore
Division of Extramural Research Activities
Two Rockledge Centre, Room 7165
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD  20892-7926
Phone: (301) 435-5081

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

Up to $25,000 per year.

NHLBI Specific Information:

NHLBI will provide up to a maximum of 6 years of combined K12 plus K08 support.

NHLBI Helpful Hints for K08 Candidates can be found at:  Helpful Hints for NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist .

NHLBI Model K08 Application can be found at:  Model K08 Application.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a health professional doctoral degree, such as the M.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent degree, and a professional license to practice in the United States.  Documentation of active licensure should be included in the application.

Advisory Committee:  NHLBI strongly encourages K08 candidates to include an Advisory Committee composed of the candidate’s mentor(s) and two or three other senior faculty members.  If the candidate does not propose an Advisory Committee, she/he should document which individuals are available to cover all areas of expertise that are required for the research plan and career development.

Concurrent Competing Applications:  K08 applicants may not hold any other Federal or non-Federal equivalent salary award, such as the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.
NHLBI suggests that K08 applications include biographical sketches of the collaborators and consultants.

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

Linda Whipp
Grants Management Branch
Gateway Building , Suite 2N212
Bethesda , MD 20892-2292
Phone: (301) 496-1472

Up to 75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $20,000 per year.

NIA Specific Information:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Mariela Shirley, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
5635 Fishers Lane
Bethesda, MD 20892 -9304Phone: 301-443-9787  

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

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

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 research in the social, behavioral, biological and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.  For more information see ; and NOT-AA-10-005, Notice of Change in NIAAA Policy on K Award Support (

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Katrin Eichelberg, Ph.D.
6700 B Rockledge Drive, Room 3128
Telephone: 301-496-0818

Julie Waugh
Grants Management Branch
6700B Rockledge Dr, Room 2119
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 $20,000 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 $90,000 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)

Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Extramural Training Officer
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Policy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2C01
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7510
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Phone:  301-451-3371
FAX:  301-480-2400

Bryan S. Clark, M.B.A.
Chief Grants Management Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard
Room 8A01, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 435-6975
FAX: (301) 402-0915

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 cumulative 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 K08 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 K08 applications.

The NIDCD has the following special requirements for its K08 applicants:

  • To facilitate regular face-to-face contact within the mentoring relationship, the primary sponsor of the K08 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 K08 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 K08 mechanism to encourage dentists or other clinicians to pursue training for a career in social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological 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 basic or behavioral science 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

Christine Gill
Grants Management Specialist
6707 Democracy Blvd.
Room 727
Phone: (301) 435-2816Email:

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

Up to $25,000 per year.

NIDDK Specific Information:

The NIDDK wishes to promote the training of clinical investigators who, in addition to being excellent physicians, are excellent researchers. The NIDDK supports up to five years of a mentored research experience, as well as related career development activities, in basic, clinical, or behavioral science areas appropriate to the NIDDK. Applicants should have completed all their clinical training and be board eligible by the time the award would begin. MD applicants who have trained in another country and who are not board eligible in the U.S. are not appropriate candidates for NIDDK K08 awards.

Applicants with little or no research experience will require a more structured training program and therefore may want to incorporate courses that will lead to a master's degree into their K08 application. The research proposal from these individuals may incorporate an initial period of didactic coursework and training in laboratory techniques for the first two years of the K08 award, followed by a more laboratory-intensive research period of up to three years.
Applicants with more research experience, such as those holding both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, typically will have less need for didactic coursework and should propose a five year research project as well as career development plans that will build upon their past experience and position them for independent funding.

All applicants for K08 awards are encouraged to take advantage of the mentors available to them at their institutions and have, in addition to a primary mentor, one or more co-mentors, as appropriate. The NIDDK will provide up to $90,000 for salary, the appropriate fringe benefits, and up to $25,000 for research support for each of five years for K08 awards.
The NIDDK provides further information on all K-award programs on our 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:

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:

Research projects proposed in response to this Announcement will be expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and be directly responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is distinguished from that of other Institutes by its focus on research programs seeking to link the effects of environmental exposures to the cause, mechanisms, moderation, or prevention of a human disease or disorder or relevant pathophysiologic process. Examples of environmentally relevant exposures include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, bacterial, or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not the result of an ambient environmental exposure, drugs of abuse,  smoking , except when the exposure is the result of second-hand exposure in the context of the indoor environment (particularly in children) and infectious or parasitic agents. Ecologic, biomonitoring, biotransformation or biodegradation studies are also not responsive except when these are incidental to an epidemiologic study. Preference will be given to candidates whose mentor has NIEHS research grant support.

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

Scott Somers, 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 $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Up to $50,000 per year.

NIGMS Specific Information:

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will accept applications for the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) in the areas of anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, sepsis, innate immunity and inflammation, trauma and burn injury, and wound healing research. NIGMS offers the K08 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:

Effective for applications submitted for the February 12, 2011 due date and beyond, applicants may request up to $100,000 per year direct costs for salary (plus fringe benefits) and up to $50,000 per year direct costs for research development costs. Additional information on these awards can be found at the NIGMS Web page:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience & Basic Behavioral Science
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7197, MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645
Phone: (301) 443-3107

Victoria C. Carper, MPA
Supervisory Grants Management Officer
6001 Executive Blvd,
Room 6118, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD  20892-9605
Phone:  (301) 443-3858  

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.

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:

This program is intended to support applicants with a clinical doctoral degree that are within 3 years of completing their clinical training (which is defined as sequential years of residency training and clinical fellowships). Applicants that are beyond 3 years post clinical training must obtain prior written approval from Director of Training and Career Development to be eligible for this program. For other Institute specific information regarding this program, applicants should consult the NINDS website at

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:

For research areas supported by NCCAM, please see the NCCAM website.

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