Notice of Change in the NEI K08 Eligibility Requirements

Notice Number: NOT-EY-19-008

Key Dates
Release Date: January 15, 2019

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Issued by
National Eye Institute (NEI)


The purpose of this notice is to inform potential K08 applicants of the NEI's change in eligibility requirements.

Eligible candidates must have a health professional doctoral degree, such as the M.D., M.D./PhD; D.O., D.O./PhD; O.D.; O.D./PhD; D.V.M., D.V.M/PhD; or equivalent degree, and a professional clinical license to practice medicine in the United States. Candidates are required to devote a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to the K- award. A copy of the candidate's currently active U.S. license must be included in the Other Attachments section of the application.

This change will apply to applications submitted after the February 12, 2019 standard due date.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Telephone: (301) 451 - 2020