April 13, 2021
PA-20-201 - Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
PA-20-202 - Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08 Independent Clinical Trial Required)
PA-20-203 - Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
PAR-18-337 - NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08No Independent Clinical Trials)
PAR-18-336 - NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08 Clinical Trial Required)
NOT-CA-21-027 - Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Surgeon-Scientist effort requirement on K08 awards from the National Cancer Institute
NOT-CA-17-042 - NCI will support training in Patient-Oriented Research through K08 Awards and increase K08 Salary and Research Support
NOT-CA-17-043 - Notice of NCI’s Withdrawal from Participation in PA-16-198 "Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)"
NOT-DK-05-015 - NIDDK and NCI Career Development Program Urologic Surgeons
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The NCI is committed to the career development of clinically trained research scientists and their roles in cancer biology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Providing support and "protected time" to clinician-scientists at the early career stages for an intensive, mentored research and career development experience in basic, translational, and/or patient-oriented cancer-focused research remains one of the NCI's top priorities in addressing the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.
It is acknowledged that, among all medical specialties, surgeons require significant clinical activity to maintain their clinical competency skills and, in general, may be unable to devote the required level of effort of at least 9 person months (75%) to research and career development activities on mentored career development awards.
Based on the feedback that NCI received in response to NOT-CA-21-027, NCI is making the following change to K08 applications submitted to NCI for due dates on or after the June 12th, 2021.
NCI will allow U.S.-licensed surgeon-scientists with active surgical duties to request less than the required 9 person months (75%) full-time professional effort under a K08 career development award for the specific purpose of maintaining specialty clinical competency. Applicants may not request less than 6 person months (50%) full-time professional effort devoted to research and career development activities.
Applicants must provide a justification clearly stating the reason(s) for the reduced amount of effort in (1) Candidate’s Plan for Career Development/Training Activities During Award Period, (2) Mentor's letter, and (3) Institutional commitment letter.
A copy of the applicant's current U.S. clinical license (and board certification if applicable) must be uploaded as Other Attachments in the application, and the application must include all relevant information—surgical training, clinical license, expiration date, board certification—in the NIH Biosketch.