NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Required) (PA-18-397)

PA-18-397
 
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts
 
Release Date: 
Expiration Date: January 8, 2021  
NIH Institute or Center Contacts Institute/Center Specific Information
National Cancer Institute (NCI) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Michael Schmidt, Ph.D
Email: mschmidt@mail.nih.gov
Sergei Radaev, Ph.D
sradaev@mail.nih.gov
 
Grants Management Contact:
Sean Hine
Email: hines@mail.nih.gov
NCI-Specific Information:
The NCI accepts K99/R00 applications in all areas of cancer research.
Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found at: http://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/K99
 
NCI does not allow carry-over of unspent funds from the K99 phase into the R00 phase.
 
Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.
National Eye Institute (NEI) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.              
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: agarwalnee@mail.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Karen Robinson-Smith
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: karen.robinson.smith@nei.nih.gov  
NEI Specific Information:

NEI will accept applications for funding that are responsive to programmatic priority areas for research within vision and ophthalmology as detailed in the National Plan for Eye and Vision Research found at www.nei.nih.gov.


Clinical Trials (CT): NEI will only accept “Mechanistic and Minimal Risk CTs” under this FOA.  A mechanistic trial is defined as "A study designed to understand a biological of behavioral process, the pathophysiology of a disease, or the mechanism of action of an intervention.  "Minimal risk" means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.

Salary Support: NEI will provide salary support commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank. 
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Extramural programs:
Li-Shin Huang, Ph.D. 
Phone: 301-435-0535
Email: li-shin.huang@nih.gov 

Intramural programs:
Herbert Geller, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-9440
Email: gellerh@nhlbi.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Beckie Chamberlin
Phone: (301) 435-0183
Email: chamberr@nhlbi.nih.gov

Mr. John Diggs
Phone: (301) 402-4267
Email: diggsjw@mail.nih.gov
NHLBI Specific Information:

Please refer to  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/training/index.htm for specific information on NHLBI programs and career development policies. 

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Genomic Sciences:
Tina Gatlin, Ph.D. 
Phone: 301-480-2280
Email: gatlincl@mail.nih.gov
 
Genomic Medicine:
Heather Colley, M.S. 
Phone: 301-480-2332 
Email: junkinsh@mail.nih.gov
 
Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Research:
Joy Boyer 
Phone:  301-480-2247
Email: boyerj@exhange.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Deanna Ingersoll
Phone: 301-435-7858
Email: Deanna.Ingersoll@nih.gov
NHGRI Specific Information: 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read: "Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside", published February 10, 2011 in Nature (http://www.genome.gov/Pages/About/Planning/2011NHGRIStrategicPlan.pdf) to familiarize themselves with the research areas of interest to the Institute.

NHGRI will give funding priority to: (a) applications that focus on genomic sciences and genomic medicine approaches with an emphasis on the quantitative sciences, bioinformatics or technology development, or (b) applications that focus on high priority ELSI issues and provide multidisciplinary conceptual and methodological training, and (c) applicants whose mentor(s) are funded by NHGRI. NHGRI does not support disease-specific research.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Directors to discuss their concept for this initiative during the development stages of the application.

Awardees and their mentors are strongly encouraged to attend at least one annual NHGRI trainee networking meeting during the K99 phase. Travel for the awardee and mentor may be requested.
 
Salary Support: NHGRI will provide K99 salary support commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year for K99 phase. In addition to Research Support, awardees and their mentors are strongly encouraged to attend at least one NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting during the K99 phase.  Travel for the awardee and mentor may be requested up to $1500 each per NHGRI meeting.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-9322
Email: Hunterc@nia.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Traci Lafferty, NIA
Phone: (301) 496-1472
Email: laffertt@nia.nih.gov
NIA Specific Information: 

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Lynn Morin
Phone: (301) 402-0176
Email: lynn.morin@nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Judy Fox
Phone: (301) 443-4704 
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov
NIAAA Specific Information: 

NIAAA sponsors a variety of career development programs to ensure the development of highly qualified investigators in alcohol-related research.  Opportunities under the K99/R00 program include research in the social, behavioral, biological and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Postdoctoral fellows currently receiving NIAAA support through the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA program (T32 or F32) and postdoctoral fellows in the NIAAA intramural program (DICBR) should also consider the NIAAA Career Transition Award (K22) described at: PAR-06-096.  The K22 and K99/R00 programs are both intended for postdoctoral fellows whose formal research training is nearly complete, and who will soon begin searching for faculty positions. Those whose career development would benefit from further mentored training should also consider the mentored Career Development Awards offered by NIAAA (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25).  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff to help choose among these career development options.
For general information about NIAAA research interests and training programs, consulthttp://www.niaaa.nih.gov

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year. Details at NOT-AA-10-005.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-5055
Email: boycea@mail.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Yen Thach
Phone: (301) 594-3505 
Email: thachy@mail.nih.gov
NIAMS Specific Information: 

Information about NIAMS funding mechanisms is available athttp://www.niams.nih.gov/Funding/Funding_Opportunities/activity_codes.asp

Salary Support: NIAMS will provide up to $50,000 per year for salary support (up to $75,000 per year for applicants with an M.D. degree), plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 435-6686  
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Florence Turska 
Phone: (301) 451-4782 
Email: turskaf@mail.nih.gov
NIBIB Specific Information: 

More information on NIBIB Career Awards can be found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/training-careers/junior-investigator. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed at the left to determine if their application is appropriate to NIBIB, to verify eligibility, and to identify the most suitable career development mechanism. 

Salary Support: Up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Phone:  301-451-3371
Email:  dtwombly@mail.nih.gov
 
Grants Management Contact:
Ryan Talesnik  
Phone: (301) 435-6976 
Email: talesnikr@mail.nih.gov
NICHD Specific Information:
NICHD offers research career development awards in areas relevant to normal and abnormal human development, including contraception, fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development, and childhood development through adolescence.  The mission areas also include research on intellectual and developmental disabilities and rehabilitation medicine.  More detailed information can be found at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/by-nichd/pages/index.aspx.
The K99/R00 program is designed for postdoctoral fellows (PhDs, MDs, or other) whose formal research training is nearly complete, and who expect to find a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position within 2 years of receiving the award.  Those whose career development would benefit from further research training should also consider the mentored Career Development Awards offered by NICHD (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25).   Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to email or call the NICHD Scientific/Research Contact to help choose among these career development award mechanisms, to determine K99/R00 eligibility, and to assess relevance of the proposed project to the NICHD mission. 
Awardees must spend at least one year on the K99 phase of the award.
 
Salary Support: For the K99 phase of the award, NICHD provides salary of up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
Division of Scientific Programs
Phone: (301) 451-3245
Email: riverara@nidcd.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 402-0909
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov
NIDCD Specific Information:
NIDCD uses the K99/R00 program to support outstanding senior postdoctoral investigators in NIDCD research areas that are ready to complete their transition to become an independent investigator.
  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission,Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.
 
Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Phone: (301) 496-4263
Email: friedenla@mail.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA 
Phone: (301) 594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov
NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in research areas relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan. Applicants are expected to provide evidence that adequate resources are available at the K99 phase institution for the successful completion of the proposed clinical trial. Detailed information should be provided about who will provide the necessary resources, including descriptions of the funding source and amount of funds (as needed).

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program official identified in the contact table before preparing an application to discuss eligibility requirements and the relevance of the proposed research to NIDCR’s research priorities. 
 
Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
Yan Li, Ph.D. 
Phone: (301) 435-3721
Email: liy7@niddk.nih.gov

Digestive & Liver Diseases, Nutrition, and Obesity:
David E. Saslowsky, Ph.D. 
Phone: (301) 594-8876
Email: David.Saslowsky@nih.gov 

Kidney and Urologic Diseases:
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D. 
Phone: (301) 594-4748
Email: rankint@mail.nih.gov 

Hematologic Disorders:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D. 
Phone: (301) 594-7726
Email: BishopT@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Aricia M. Ajosa, MPA
Phone: (301) 594-9023
Email: ajosea@mail.nih.gov
NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK will accept K99/R00 applications from well-qualified postdoctoral fellows and physician scientists working in the areas of research supported by NIDDK: diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases, obesity, nutrition, digestive and liver diseases, kidney and urological disorders, and hematologic diseases. Information on the NIDDK K99/R00 program can be found at http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/TrainingCareerDev/K99. Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate program official identified here prior to submission and may want to consider applying for alternative career development awards, depending on individual needs.  These include the NIDDK K01 award and the K08 and K23 awards:

   
The NIDDK provides further information on all K-award programs on our training and career development website: http://1.usa.gov/22dKWik
 
K99/R00 Budget information:
  • NIDDK will provide support up to $90,000 total costs for the K99 phase and up to $249,000 total costs for the R00 phase.
 
Urologic surgeons may request a minimum of 50% effort for the K99 phase.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Michele L. Rankin, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 480-3832
Email: NIDA_Training@nida.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Carol Alderson 
Phone: (301) 827-6685
Email: ca10h@nih.gov
NIDA Specific Information:

Applicants are encouraged to visit the following Web site to learn more about NIDA research training-related opportunities and resources:http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchtraining/traininghome.html

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 

Scientific Program Contact:
NIMH Training Contacts 

Grants Management Contact:
Terri Jarosik
Phone: (301) 443-3858
Email: Theresa.Jarosik@nih.gov
NIMH Specific Information:

The NIMH welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in areas of research supported by the Institute. The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience, human genetics, adult and developmental translational research, services and intervention research, and AIDS-related research (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/nimh-extramural-research-programs.shtml).  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute career development staff (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/training/contacts-for-research-training-and-career-development-programs.shtml) before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans. Applicants are expected to describe a clearly defined path for transition to independence, including milestones, in their applications.  

Awardees are expected to complete at least one full year of mentored training under the K99 phase before transitioning to the R00 phase. Individuals who already have extensive postdoctoral training and expect to transition to an independent position in less than one year may not be appropriate candidates for this program. Prior to commencing the third year of the independent investigator (R00) award phase, NIMH awardees are expected to have submitted an investigator-initiated research grant (R01) application. 

Exceptions to the Four-year Eligibility LimitIn unusual circumstances, exceptions to the 4-year limit may be approved. An exception may be considered when a significant change in fields of study has occurred, such as moving from physical science to life science research, or when a significant break in training has occurred as a result of family responsibilities, medical leave, or military service. Such unique exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis. Investigators are expected to contact NIMH staff to discuss issues regarding eligibility prior to applying and to learn if their circumstance warrants an exception. If approved, a cover letter with the application should include an explanation of the special circumstances that warrant consideration for an exception. The applicant should provide similar information in the career development section of the application.
See http://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/training/career-development-programs-k-series.shtml for further details about NIMH’s support for K programs.
 
It is recommended that NIMH mentored K applicants proposing clinical trials review the following guidance: (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/training/career-development-programs-k-series.shtml#12).

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.  Practicing physician-scientists may be eligible for up to $100,000 salary plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Scientific Program Contact:
Dorothy Castille, PhD
Phone: 301-594-9411
Email:Dorothy.castille@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Priscilla Grant, JD
Phone: 301-594-8412
Email: pg38h@nih.gov
NIMHD Specific Information:

NIMHD seeks to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators in minority health and health disparities research. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program official identified in the contact table before preparing an application to discuss eligibility requirements and the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year. 
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-4188
Email: korns@ninds.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:
Donna James
Phone: (301) 496-9231
Email: jamesd@mail.nih.gov
NINDS Specific Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Korn with any questions about eligibility or other questions about the K99/R00 program.  Applicants should consult the NINDS training website for NINDS specific information and instructions:http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/training_and_career_development/index.htm.
 
Note: NINDS does not allow carry-over of K99 funds into the R00 period. When the postdoctoral position ends, the K99 terminates. The R00 can begin as early as the start date of the awardee’s job, contingent on NINDS receiving the R00 application with sufficient advance notice.

Salary Support: Normally, salary up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits for each K99 year. Practicing clinician-scientists may be eligible for up to $95,000 salary. 
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) 

Scientific Program Contact:
David Banks, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.W., RN
Phone: (301) 496-9558 
Email: banksdh@mail.nih.gov 

Grants Management Contact:Ron Wertz
Phone: 301-594-2807
Email: wertzr@mail.nih.gov
NINR Specific Information:

NINR considers career development applications only from research doctorate-prepared applicants who have a Bachelor's degree or higher in nursing. Applicants should be seeking to establish an independent research career in preventing, delaying the onset, and slowing the progression of disease and disability. This includes finding effective approaches to achieving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle, easing the symptoms of illness, improving quality of life for patients and caregivers, eliminating health disparities, and addressing issues at the end of life. NINR supports basic research relevant to its mission, in order to provide a sound scientific basis for changes in clinical practice. In keeping with the importance of translational research in various settings, NINR's major emphasis is on interdisciplinary research. NINR's research program is guided by four strategies intended to advance science:
  • integrating biology and behavior
  • designing and using new technology
  • developing new tools
  • preparing the next generation of nurse scientists
 
Central to the themes of our research are the important roles that the patient, the family and other caregivers, and the community play in promoting health and managing disease and disability. Science areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, end of life, biobehavioral research, genetics, epigenetics, and incorporation of advanced technology. As our science grows, NINR is focusing on ways to stimulate its future development by incorporating new tools and analytical approaches such as informatics and meta-analyses. The role of interdisciplinary research teams is a priority and will continue to increase. The Institute is committed to training new investigators, with attention to the areas of greatest need and to strategies for encouraging young investigators and members of groups underrepresented in science.
 
Salary Support: Up to $50, 000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Lanay Mudd, PhD
Phone: (301) 594-9346
Email: lanay.mudd@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Shelley Carow
Phone: 301-594-3788 
Email: CarowS@MAIL.NIH.GOV
NCCIH Specific Information:
NCCIH uses the K99/R00 program to support outstanding postdoctoral investigators who are seeking to establish an independent career and have the potential to become a future leader in an area of research supported by the Center.
  • The K99 phase may ONLY include observational, basic or mechanistic research projects in areas of NCCIH’s interest and priorities. A mechanistic study is defined as one designed to understand the mechanism of action of an intervention, a biological process, or the pathophysiology of a disease. NCCIH will accept applications that propose a study in the K99 phase with human participants when the primary outcome/endpoint is explicitly mechanistic, rather than a clinical outcome, even if the mechanistic study meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial.
  •  NCCIH will not fund applications proposing a clinical trial to test efficacy or effectiveness in either the K99 or R00 phase. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed scope of work with an NCCIH program officer, and to review resources available at NCCIH’s Clinical Research Toolbox.
  • Before the application receipt date, investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCIH Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely-related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCIH's mission and research priorities. A list of NCCIH program officials can be found at http://NCCIH.nih.gov/grants/contact#area
  • The K99/R00 is appropriate for applicants who are prepared for an accelerated career path, who will be ready to compete for R01 and R01-like grant funding in the next three years. Individuals interested in a longer time frame of mentored research support should consider the K01, K08, or K23.
  • Applications proposing the use of natural products or devices in an interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCIH's Natural Product Integrity Policy.
    Applications should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.
 
Salary Support: Commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year in the K99 phase.