Notice of Change in Candidate Eligibility and Reporting Requirements for PAR-18-726 "NEI Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)"

Notice Number: NOT-EY-19-010

Key Dates
Release Date: January 16, 2019

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National Eye Institute (NEI)


The purpose of this notice is to inform potential K12 applicants of the NEI's change in candidate eligibility and reporting requirements.

The following changes (shown in italics) have been made to PAR-18-726:

Section III. Eligibility Information

3. Additional Information on Eligibility


Scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the career level for which the planned program is intended. Scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) during the appointment on the K12 award.

Scholars must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship requirements are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

At the time of appointment to the K12 program, 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. A copy of active U.S. licensure must be submitted with the Statement of Appointment.

A scholar may be appointed for up to three years and no new scholar(s) can be appointed in the last year of funding.

Individuals may receive up to 6 years of aggregate Career Development grant-support including any combination of support from a NEI Institutional Mentored Physician Scientist Award (K12) and Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) or Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23).


Section VI. Award Administration Information

3. Reporting

Other Reporting Requirements

  • The institution must submit a completed Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271) for each scholar appointed for 8 weeks or more. Grantees must submit the PHS 2271 data electronically using the xTrain system. A copy of the scholar's active U.S. licensure must be submitted with the Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271). More information on xTrain is available at xTrain (eRA Commons). An appointment or reappointment may begin any time during the budget period, but not before the budget period start date of the grant year.
  • A notarized statement verifying possession of permanent residency documentation must be submitted with the Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271). Individuals with a Conditional Permanent Resident status must first meet full (non-conditional) Permanent Residency requirements before receiving support.


Please direct all inquiries to:

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