NIDDK CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR UROLOGIC SURGEONS

RELEASE DATE:	April 18, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-DK-03-004

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

The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases (DKUHD) of 
the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 
(NIDDK) is committed to the career development of clinically trained 
research scientists and recognizes the importance of physicians in 
research.  In an effort to accommodate the training needs of urologic 
surgeons, the NIDDK will allow highly motivated urologic surgeons to 
apply for K08 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-003.html) or 
K23 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-004.html) with a less 
than 75% effort.  This is part of a pilot program to address the concerns of 
the urology community that urologic surgeons are unable to devote more than 
50% of their time to research activities and still maintain their surgical 
skills.  A minimum of 50% effort may be requested for the overall effort that 
will cover both career development and research activities.  Salary will be 
pro-rated within the NIDDK cap accordingly. 

REVIEW CRITERIA

If requesting less than 75% effort on either a K08 or K23 application, 
the reasons for the reduced amount of effort must be clearly stated.  
The following additional review criteria will be applied:

o  Justification of less than 75% effort:  Are the clinical/surgical 
activities justified?  For example, are these activities necessary to 
maintain urological surgery skills?  Are the clinical/surgical 
activities integral to the proposed career development and research 
activities?  
o  Is it feasible that the research goals and career development 
described can be accomplished with the proposed time commitment?  

INQUIRIES

For detailed program descriptions, application procedures, eligibility, 
and access to specific program announcements cited above, see the NIDDK 
Training and Career Development website:  
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/fund/training/training.htm.  Consultation with 
DKUHD Program Staff is strongly encouraged especially during the 
planning phase of the application.  For a listing of NIDDK scientific 
areas and program staff contacts, see:  http://www.niddk.nih.gov/fund/fund.htm.

o Direct your questions about scientific/research issues to:

Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D.
Training and Careers Program Director
Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
6707 Democracy Blvd., Rm. 619
Bethesda, MD   20892-5458
Phone:	(301) 594-7726
FAX:	(301) 350-4810
Email:	tb232j@nih.gov

o Direct your questions about peer review issues to:

Francisco O. Calvo, Ph.D.
Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
6707 Democracy Blvd, Room 752, MSC 5452
Bethesda, MD  20892-5452
Telephone:  (301) 594-8897
Email:  fc15y@nih.gov

o Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters 
to:

Donna Huggins
Grants Management Office
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 711, MSC 5456
Bethesda, MD  20892-5456
Telephone:  (301) 549-8848
Email:  dh48v@nih.gov


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