NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 32, September 1, 1995

P.T. 34


  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

  Clinical Medicine, General 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

This supplement to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) career

development (K Award) program announcements (NIH Guide, Volume 24,

Number 15, April 28, 1995) provides additional information for

potential applicants on the unique guidelines and award provisions of

the career development programs offered by the National Institute on

Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  The NIH program

announcements addressed in this supplement are the following:

o  PA-95-050:  Independent Scientist Award (K02)

o  PA-95-053:  Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

All provisions contained in these program announcements apply to

applications submitted to the NIDCD, except as noted in this

supplemental announcement.

The Independent Scientist Award replaces the NIDCD Research Career

Development Award (K04).  The Mentored Clinical Scientist Development

Award replaces the NIDCD Clinical Investigator Development Award,

also coded K08.


The NIDCD particularly encourages K02 and K08 applications from

individuals who wish to develop their research careers in underserved

and priority areas of NIDCD's biomedical and behavioral research

mission in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and

language.  These research areas are enumerated in the National

Strategic Research Plans published by the NIDCD.


The K02 award provides five years of salary support to recently

independent scientists, having research support at the time the award

is made, who demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research

focus (a minimum of 75 percent effort) in order to foster their

career development as outstanding contributors in the biomedical and

behavioral scientific areas supported by the NIDCD.  It is the policy

of the NIDCD not to renew a K02 award beyond its original project

period of five years.


The applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have demonstrated

independent research accomplishments at the time of application.

Applicants will normally have had at least five years of postdoctoral

research experience, but not yet be considered well established in

the research area of the application.


1. Salary

The NIDCD provides up to $50,000 per year of salary support, based on

the established salary structure at the applicant's institution for

staff members of equivalent qualifications, rank and

responsibilities.  When requested, the NIDCD will award fringe

benefits, based on the sponsoring institution's established policies,

on the proportion of the applicant's salary provided by the K02


2. Research Development Support

Applicants for the K02 must document within the application that they

will have peer-reviewed research support at the time of the award, or

are awaiting a funding decision on a submitted research grant

application.  The NIDCD will not provide support for incidental

expenses related to research and career development, such as tuition,

fees, books, publication costs or travel to scientific meetings.


The purpose of the K08 award is to foster the development of

clinically trained professionals into independent investigators in

the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission areas of the NIDCD.

The K08 provides for three, four or five years of mentored research

experience and specialized study, tailored to individual needs.  At

least 75 percent of the awardee's full-time professional effort must

be devoted to this program.  The primary mentor should be in the same

institution(s) as the applicant.


The applicant must hold a clinical doctoral degree and have completed

his/her postgraduate clinical training prior to application.

Furthermore, the applicant must have had at least one full year, and

preferably two full years, of postdoctoral-level research experience

before submitting a K08 application.  Individuals holding positions

of senior academic rank, such as associate professor or professor, or

the equivalent in nonacademic settings, at the time of application

are not eligible for a K08 award.  Individuals who are current or

former principal investigators on NIH research project grants (R01,

R29 or P01) or center grants are also not eligible.  Recipients of an

Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) or an NIDCD Small Grant

(R03) are eligible for a K08 award.  Subsequent successful

application for a research project grant that results in an award

will require that the K08 be terminated.


1.  Salary

The NIDCD contribution to the salary of the K08 recipient is geared

to the institutional base salary as follows:

Institutional Base Salary         NIDCD Contribution

o  Up to $50,000                  100% of institutional base

o  $50,001 to $67,000             $50,000

o  $67,001 and over               75% of institutional base salary,

                                  up to $75,000

Awardees are eligible for fringe benefits on the portion of the

applicant's salary provided by the K08 award.  The amount of

allowable benefits will be based on the sponsoring institution's

established policies.  Previously, the NIDCD limited its salary

support for K08 awardees to $50,000.  The new policy described here

will not be applied retroactively.

2.  Research Development Support

The NIDCD provides up to $80,000 over the course of a five-year award

for the research development expenses outlined in PA-95-053.  Awards

of three years and four years provide up to $48,000 and $64,000,

respectively, over the course of the funding period.  Up to $30,000

may be budgeted in a given year for these expenses, when well



1.  Career Development Plan

In addition to the guidelines stated in PA-95-053, the applicant must

describe a plan to complete a graduate-level didactic course in

biostatistics and research design during the first year of the award,

if such a course is not part of the applicant's background.

2.  Letters of Reference

Three sealed letters of reference, including a letter from the

mentor, must be included with the application.

3.  Environment and Institutional Commitment

The sponsoring institution must provide a statement of its commitment

to the career development of the applicant within the body of the

application, including an assurance that he/she will be able to

devote the requisite 75 percent effort to the career development plan

described in the application.


Inquiries are encouraged, particularly during the planning phase of

the application.  Direct inquiries to:

Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.

Division of Human Communication

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

6120 Executive Boulevard, Room 400C - MSC-7180

Bethesda, MD  20892-7180

Telephone:  (301) 496-1804

FAX:  (301) 402-6251



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