Notice of Change to PAR-16-400 "Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08)"

Notice Number: NOT-CA-17-035

Key Dates
Release Date:  March 1, 2017

Related Announcements
PAR-16-400

Issued by
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to inform the scientific community about a change (effective immediately) to National Cancer Institute (NCI) PAR-16-400 "Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08)".

Specifically, effective June 12, 2017, when new applications are due in response to PAR-16-400 "Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08)",
NCI will support training in Basic, Translational, and Patient-Oriented Research (POR), as well as combinations of Basic, Translational and POR.

In addition, effective June 12, 2017, the salary support and research development support information have been revised for new applications. Please note that for PAR-16-400, salary and research development costs for currently active K08 awards and K08 applications submitted for due dates prior to June 12, 2017, remain unchanged.

Accordingly, the following sections of PAR-16-400 have been revised.

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement, Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose
Current text:

The purpose of the NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of basic biomedical, behavioral, or translational cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities. This NCI-sponsored K08 award is specifically designed to promote career development of clinical scientists from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in health-related science.

New text:

The purpose of the NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree or a health professional doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of basic biomedical, clinical, behavioral, translational, or patient-oriented (POR) cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities. This NCI-sponsored K08 award is specifically designed to promote career development of scientists from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in health-related science.

The research criteria of the K08 award include POR which is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials; and 4) the development of new technologies. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. In other words, POR is research in which it is necessary to know the identity of the patients from whom the cells or tissues under study are derived. Studies falling under Exemption 4 for human subjects research are not included in this definition. See also the NIH Directors Panel on Clinical Research Report.

Individuals (or Scientists) with a health professional doctoral degree from groups currently underrepresented on a national level in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences who wish to apply for a research career development award in cancer-focused POR should submit applications to PAR-16-400, NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08).

Section II. Award Information, Other Award Budget Information

Salary
Current text:

NCI will contribute up to $ 100,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient. Further guidance on budgeting for career development salaries is provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

The total salary, however, may not exceed the legislatively mandated salary cap. See: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm.

New text:

NCI will provide salary support for the new K08 award recipients up to the legislative salary cap. Further guidance on budgeting for career development salaries is provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

The total salary, however, may not exceed the legislative mandated salary cap. See: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm.

Other Program-Related Expenses

Current text:
NCI will contribute $ 30,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

Salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistants, etc. is not allowed.

New text:
NCI will contribute $ 50,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

Salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistants, etc. is not allowed.

All other aspects of PAR-16-400 remain unchanged.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

John O. Ojeifo, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-5630
Email: ojeifojo@mail.nih.gov