NIMH Modifies its Support for Career Development ('K') Programs

Notice Number:  NOT-MH-13-001

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Release Date:  October 31, 2012

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


This Notice informs the extramural community that NIMH is revising and updating the most recent NIMH Policy Update for Career Awards (K-Series) that was published in the NIH Guide on September 18, 2008 (NOT-MH-08-017).  The updated policy may be found at

With this update, NIMH is refining its support of the K01, K08, K23, and K99/R00 award programs.  The NIMH encourages potential K01, K08, and K23 applicants to obtain mentored career development early enough in their research careers that they are still early-stage investigators when they apply for an R01.  Effective with applications due on February 12, 2013, and thereafter, eligibility for NIMH K01, K08, and K23 mentored career development awards is limited to individuals with no more than six years of postdoctoral experience at the time of application (either the initial or resubmission application).  The NIMH will generally not consider applications requesting more than four years of K01, K08, or K23 support.  See for further details.  In addition, effective with applications due on February 12, 2013, and thereafter, the NIMH is increasing the K99 phase salary cap to $75,000 annually.


Inquiries regarding this Notice may be directed to:

Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
Telephone: (301) 443-3107

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