Notice of Reissuance of the Parent Research Career Development (K) Award Funding Opportunity Announcements

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-036

Key Dates
Release Date: December 18, 2013

Related Announcements

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The NIH has reissued the following Career Development (K) Award Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs):

  • PA-14-042: NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)
  • PA-14-044: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
  • PA-14-045: Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02)
  • PA-14-046: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08)
  • PA-14-049: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)
  • PA-14-047: Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24)
  • PA-14-048: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25)

The overall objectives of the programs, except for the K99/R00 (see below), are not changed in the reissued FOAs. Applicants should follow instructions in Section 7: Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for preparing an Individual Research Career Development Award (CDA) Application ( K Series).

AIDS and AIDS-related applications intended for the January 7, 2014 due date should continue to use the current K FOAs (see: Parent Announcements). Applications intended for February 12, 2014 and subsequent due dates must use the reissued FOAs. For a listing of all NIH K award FOAs, see the K Kiosk.

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

The NIH, with participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), has made significant changes to the K99/R00 program:

  • Candidates for the K99/R00 award must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research training experience at the time of the initial application or the subsequent resubmission.
  • 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.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
Acting NIH Research Training Officer