MIDCAREER INVESTIGATOR AWARD (PA-00-005): POLICIES OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE Release Date: June 27, 2000 NOTICE: CA-00-020 National Cancer Institute The National Cancer Institute (NCI) participates in the NIH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (i.e., K24) to provide clinicians protected time to devote to patient-oriented research (POR) and to act as mentors for beginning clinical investigators. This notice is to inform potential grant applicants of NCI policy in the following two areas: 1. The NIH Guide Program Announcement (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-005.html) under ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS states that Candidates must have independent research support at the time of application for this award. This support could include NIH awards or awards from other sources. The NCI interprets this to mean that all candidates must have independent research support in patient-oriented research as either NIH awards or awards equivalent to NIH peer-reviewed support. This would not include support from industry. This interpretation will be used as a basis for accepting applications for peer review and will be used by the peer reviewers in the evaluation of applications. 2. The announcement above also states under ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS that Recipients of this award are required to hold independent research support, either Federal or private, during the period of this award. The NCI interprets this to mean that candidates must hold independent patient-oriented research support as defined above for the duration of the award. However, it is the policy of the NCI that should recipients of this award lose their independent research support, they will be given up to one-year to regain it before the NCI takes any action to terminate the K24 grant. All other provisions of PA-00-005 remain unchanged. The complete PA can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-005.html INQUIRIES: Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues should be made to: Lester Gorelic, Ph.D. Cancer Training Branch Office of Centers, Training and Resources National Cancer Institute 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 7011 Bethesda, MD 20892-8346 Telephone: (301) 496-8580 FAX: (301) 402-4472 E-mail: lg2h@nih.gov Direct Inquiries regarding fiscal issues should be made to: Ms. Catherine Blount Grants Administration Branch National Cancer Institute 6120 Executive Blvd., Room 243 Bethesda, MD 20892-4500 Telephone: (301) 496-3179 FAX: (301) 496-8601 E-mail: cb136g@nih.gov

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