New Salary and Research Cost Allowances for K08 and K23 Career Development Awards

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-032

Key Dates
Release Date: December 17, 2015

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this Guide Notice is to announce new NIH policy on salary and research cost allowances for K08 and K23 awards.


In June 2014, a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) issued a report on the Physician Scientist Workforce ( The Working Group identified several challenges confronting physician-scientists, including individuals with MD, DO, DDS/DMD, DVM/VMD, or nurses with research doctoral degrees who devote the majority of their time to biomedical research. The Working Group made several recommendations to the ACD about the funding and training of physician scientists in order to attract and retain well-qualified individuals in research careers, including the modification of some current NIH programs.


Effective with new (Type 1) K08 and K23 applications due on February 12, 2016, and subsequently, several NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) will contribute up to $100,000 toward the awardee's salary to offset the requested effort (e.g. 9 person months) that will be devoted to research and career development. It should be noted that a number of ICs already contribute salary at this level or higher, and this policy does not impact their current practice. This policy applies to new (Type 1) applications as well as all continuation (Type 5) applications submitted for FY 2017 funding.

In addition, ICs may, at their discretion, annually increase their salary and research cost contributions for their K08 and K23 awards.

Applicants and awardees are encouraged to consult each funding opportunity announcement and contact appropriate IC staff to determine the salary and research cost contributions for their K08 and K23 applications or awards:


Please direct all inquiries to:

The Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Programs (OEP)