Notice of Information on the Reissuance of Funding Opportunity Announcement “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)”

Notice Number:  NOT-OD-13-050

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

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Release Date:  March 22, 2013

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published a notice of intent to reissue the K99/R00 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (see: NOT-OD-13-034). This notice of information on the reissuance of the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence FOA reiterates the major changes in the program, and provides additional guidance to prospective applicants concerning the deadlines for resubmission applications.

The NIH, with participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to make significant changes to the “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)” (PA-11-197), including reducing the application window from 5 to 4 years of postdoctoral research training experience. As a result, NIH will reissue PA-11-197 later this year for applications due February 12, 2014 and beyond. All applications to the reissued K99/R00 FOA, both new (-01) and resubmission (-A1) must conform to the eligibility criteria outlined in the reissued FOA, namely no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of submission. For additional details, see below: “Applying Under the Current FOA and Subsequent Resubmissions (-A1).”

Several modifications to the program were recommended by the Biomedical Workforce Task Force, a working group of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH. This Notice is being published to provide ample time for prospective applicants to plan in advance of the modifications in the K99/R00 program.

Research Initiative Details

The primary purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators. The program is designed to facilitate the timely transition of exceptionally talented postdoctoral investigators from mentored postdoctoral research positions to stable, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier career stage than is currently the norm.

The Biomedical Workforce Task Force recommendations that will be implemented when the K99/R00 program is re-issued include the following.

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