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

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-054

Key Dates
Release Date: January 20, 2016

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this Guide Notice is to clarify the previous Notice (NOT-OD-16-032) announcing 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 increase the contribution toward the K awardee's salary support for the requested effort (e.g., 9 person months, equivalent to 75% full-time professional effort devoted to research and career development) to a base level of $100,000. 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.

The NIH salary contribution toward the K awardee's salary is intended to offset only that portion of the salary that is devoted to research and career development. In addition, in some cases, the awardee’s salary may be such that the calculated NIH salary contribution for the requested effort is less than or exceeds $100,000. The following examples are provided to clarify how the increased salary contribution of up to $100,000 for 75% effort may be calculated dependent on the awardee’s salary:

Scenario 1:

  • Institutional base salary = $125,000
  • $125,000 x 75% = $93,750
  • NIH contribution = $93,750

Scenario 2:

  • Institutional base salary = $155,000
  • $155,000 x 75% = $116,250
  • NIH contribution = $100,000

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)