MIDCAREER INVESTIGATOR AWARD (PA-00-005): POLICIES OF THE NATIONAL 
CANCER INSTITUTE

Release Date:  June 27, 2000

NOTICE:  CA-00-020

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) participates in the NIH Midcareer 
Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (i.e., K24) to provide 
clinicians protected time to devote to patient-oriented research (POR) and to 
act as mentors for beginning clinical investigators.  This notice is to inform 
potential grant applicants of NCI policy in the following two areas:

1.  The NIH Guide Program Announcement 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-005.html) under ELIGIBILITY 
REQUIREMENTS states that “Candidates must have independent research support at 
the time of application for this award.  This support could include NIH awards 
or awards from other sources.”  The NCI interprets this to mean that all 
candidates must have independent research support in patient-oriented research 
as either NIH awards or awards equivalent to NIH peer-reviewed support.  This 
would not include support from industry.  This interpretation will be used as a 
basis for accepting applications for peer review and will be used by the peer 
reviewers in the evaluation of applications.

2.  The announcement above also states under ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS that 
“Recipients of this award are required to hold independent research support, 
either Federal or private, during the period of this award.”  The NCI 
interprets this to mean that candidates must hold independent patient-oriented 
research support as defined above for the duration of the award.  However, it 
is the policy of the NCI that should recipients of this award lose their 
independent research support, they will be given up to one-year to regain it 
before the NCI takes any action to terminate the K24 grant.

All other provisions of PA-00-005 remain unchanged. The complete PA can be 
found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-005.html

INQUIRIES:  

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues should be made to:

Lester Gorelic, Ph.D.
Cancer Training Branch
Office of Centers, Training and Resources
National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 7011
Bethesda, MD 20892-8346
Telephone: (301) 496-8580
FAX: (301) 402-4472
E-mail: lg2h@nih.gov

Direct Inquiries regarding fiscal issues should be made to:

Ms. Catherine Blount
Grants Administration Branch
National Cancer Institute
6120 Executive Blvd., Room 243
Bethesda, MD 20892-4500
Telephone: (301) 496-3179
FAX: (301) 496-8601
E-mail: cb136g@nih.gov 


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