Notice of Intent to
Publish the Reissuance of
Funding Opportunity Announcement “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent
Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-034
Update: The following updates relating to this announcement have been issued:
- October 22, 2013 - Updated Timeline for Late Resubmission (-A1) Applications to PA-11-197 "NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)".
- March 22, 2013 - See Notice NOT-OD-13-050. This notice of information on the reissuance of the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence FOA reiterates the major changes in the program, and provides additional guidance to prospective applicants concerning the deadlines for resubmission applications.
Date: February 7, 2013
Publication Date of Announcement: December 12, 2013
Estimated Application Due Date: February 12, 2014
Estimated Award Date: December 2015
Estimated Start Date: December 2015
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), with participating NIH
Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to make significant changes to the “NIH
Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)” (PA-11-197),
including reducing the application window from 5 to 4 years of postdoctoral
research training experience. As a result, NIH will reissue PA-11-197 later this year for applications due February 12, 2014 and
Research Career Initiative Details
The primary purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award
(K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and
talented NIH-supported independent investigators. The program is designed to
facilitate the timely transition of exceptionally talented postdoctoral
investigators from mentored postdoctoral research positions to stable,
independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions with independent
NIH or other independent research support at an earlier career stage than is
currently the norm.
The Biomedical Workforce Task Force recommendations that
will be implemented when the K99/R00 program is re-issued include the following.
Candidates must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral
research training experience at the time of the initial application or the
- Although the duration of postdoctoral training may vary across
scientific disciplines, candidates must propose a plan for a substantive period
of mentored training not to exceed 2 years.
It is expected that K99 awardees will benefit from no less
than 12 months of mentored research training and career development before
transitioning to the independent, R00 phase of the program.
- Individuals who are close to achieving an independent faculty
position, and cannot make a strong case for needing a minimum of 12 months of
additional mentored training, are not ideal candidates for this award.
If an applicant achieves independence prior to initiating the K99
phase, neither the K99 nor the R00 phase will be awarded.
- Review criteria will be modified to encourage reviewers to
evaluate the candidate’s potential to utilize the mandatory period of mentored (K99)
phase training (no less than 12 months) effectively to advance to an
Because the R00 research plan may be less well-developed for
earlier-stage postdoctoral candidates, appropriate guidance will be provided to
reviewers to modulate their expectations for the research plan for the independent
(R00) phase of the program.
ARE NOT BEING SOLICITED AT THIS TIME.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Rodney Ulane, Ph.D.
NIH Research Training Officer