Updated NHLBI Guidance Concerning Mentored Career Development (K08 and K23) Awards: Percent Effort
Notice Number:
NOT-HL-21-003

Key Dates

Release Date:

March 22, 2021

Related Announcements

NOT-HL-16-443 - NHLBI Policy Concerning Mentored Career Development (K08 and K23) Awards: Percent Effort - RESCIND
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PA-20-206 - Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23 Independent Clinical Trial Required)
NOT-OD-08-065 - Revision of NIH Policy Concerning Concurrent Support from Mentored Career Development (K) Award and a Research Grant
NOT-OD-18-157 - Career Award (K) Policy Update: Concurrent Support from a Mentored K Award and a Research Grant

Issued by

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Purpose

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is committed to the career development of clinically trained research scientists and recognizes the importance of their contributions to research. The provision to allow clinical scientists protected time in a mentored environment to conduct research is among our most important priorities in the training and career development of future investigators. However, it is acknowledged that individuals in medical specialties that require significant clinical activity in order to maintain specialty clinical competency skills may be unable to devote the required minimum of 9 person months of effort (i.e., 75% of full-time professional effort).

The original release of this policy was on September 13, 2016. The purpose of this Notice is to provide additional guidance clarity for applicants submitting their K08/K23 application on or after the June 12, 2021 due date.

NHLBI will allow cardiothoracic, vascular, and trauma surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and electrophysiology cardiologists to request less than the required 9 person months of effort for the specific purpose of maintaining specialty clinical competency skills. Applicants may request a minimum of 6 person months (50%) of effort in the competing K08/K23 application. A clear justification for the reduced level of effort must be included within the application.K08/K23 awardees in the clinical disciplines described above, who did not originally request a reduced level of effort within their application, may request the reduction of effort in the last two years of their awards for consideration by NHLBI staff, regardless of whether they have received a subsequent NIH research grant award or equivalent as described in NOT-OD-08-065.

NIH will adjust the total salary support committed to the K award consistent with the adjusted level of effort.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Lora Reineck, MD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: (301) 435-0222
Email: lora.reineck@nih.gov

Li-Shin Huang, Ph.D.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: 301-435-0535
Email: li-shin.huang@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Laurel Kennedy
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: (301) 827-4777
Email: laurel.kennedy@nih.gov


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